Surprise: Greenland Was Much Warmer Than Today During Holocene

Must have been all the darned flies driving lots of tiny fossil fueled vehicles

Bugs in Greenland Mud Yield Clues to Future Warming

Flying bugs trapped deep in the frozen mud covering Greenland have pointed researchers to new clues about the country’s climate, suggesting the now-icebound island was once warmer than previously believed.

In the centuries that followed the last ice age and in the millenia between the last two, Greenland could have seen summer highs between 10 and 15 degrees warmer than today, according to a new study led by researchers at Northwestern University in Illinois.

Core samples taken from the mud of a lake bed in northwestern Greenland, just beyond the edge of the ice sheet and largely undisturbed by its historical ebb and flow, revealed large numbers of preserved insects known as phantom midges and a fly species known as chironomids. Those species today usually live well south of Greenland, but the numbers found in the sediment cores taken by the Northwestern team were comparable to populations seen in the Canadian Atlantic provinces.

So, wait, what could have possibly caused it to be so warm during these two different time periods, one of which was during our current Holocene? And why can’t it possibly be the same causation (for the most part) during the current warm period we’re now in?

Figuring out what Greenland’s climate was like in the past can help scientists figure out what may happen to it in the future as planet-warming carbon dioxide and other gases build up in Earth’s atmosphere. That data collected by studies like the Northwestern study can be fed into computer models to help fine-tune those estimates.

“These findings may portend large future warming in this high-latitude region,” the authors conclude.

They just can’t help themselves in going Cult of Climastrology.

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9 Responses to “Surprise: Greenland Was Much Warmer Than Today During Holocene”

  1. Jeffery says:

    But why would these hoaxers publish a paper that, according to deniers, harms the AGW narrative??

    Because scientists publish their findings, that’s why. That’s kind of how science works.

    The periods they discussed were not during the Holocene, though. TEACH was in error.

    The authors also said:

    With the Arctic warming today at twice the rate of the rest of the globe, Greenland is under intense scientific scrutiny. About four-fifths of the island is covered by a sheet of ice more than a mile thick. That’s enough frozen water to raise global sea levels by about six meters (20 feet) if it melted — which it is, at a slow but accelerating rate.

    How could the Earth have warmed previously without SUVs????? By other physical mechanisms, that’s how. The last 800,000 years or so have seen cyclical glacial and interglacial periods (we’re in the interglacial Holocene now). The transitions are thought to occur from changes in the Earth’s orbit and axial tilt, not SUVs. The current significant and rapid period of warming is thought to result from greenhouse gases accumulating in the atmosphere, with no physical reason to expect the warming to stop.

    In the 1920s, Serbian geophysicist Milutin Milankovic theorized that variations in eccentricity, axial tilt, and precession of the Earth’s orbit resulted in cyclical variation in the solar radiation reaching the Earth, and that this orbital forcing strongly influenced climatic patterns on Earth.

    • drowningpuppies says:

      But the alarmists still claim that global temperatures today are warmer than its ever been ever.

      • Jeffery says:

        Climate scientists claim that the mean global surface temperature now is likely warmer than any other time during the Holocene.

        • david7134 says:

          As I have told you before, climate religion is an exact parallel to the cholesterol issue. The so called climate scientist must continue the junk science to maintain grants, government money, academic positions and all the other nonscientific positions. We will likely never know the real data. What is apparent to anyone is that CO2 has very little to do with anything and certainly is not the product of man. And by having world communism, we are not going to adjust the temp.

  2. drowningpuppies says:

    GISP2 pretty much found the same thing.

  3. Jl says:

    Again, for J’s viewing pleasure. Uh, no.

  4. Jl says:

    And the Arctic Ice at least for now is going in the wrong direction-for the scamsters, that is.

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