Himalayan glaciers "advancing"

Glaciers not retreating…

Inconvenient Fact of the Day. The ABC has to grit its teeth to report that a significant proportion of Himalayan glaciers are actually advancing, contrary to the expectations of the global warmenistas. But of course, nothing changes the IPCC predictions, and how long will it be before someone chimes in with the inevitable: “advancing glaciers are consistent with global warming”?

The researchers believe a blanket of dust and rock debris was apparently shielding some glaciers in the world’s highest mountain range from a thaw, a factor omitted from past global warming reports. And varying wind patterns might explain why some were defying a melt.

“Our study shows there is no uniform response of Himalayan glaciers to climate change and highlights the importance of debris cover,” scientists at universities in Germany and the United States wrote in the study of 286 glaciers.

The findings underscore that experts in the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were wrong to say in a 2007 report that Himalayan glaciers could vanish by 2035 in a headlong thaw. The panel corrected the error in 2010.

The report says 58 per cent of glaciers examined in the westerly Karakoram range of the Himalayas were stable or advancing, perhaps because they were influenced by cool westerly winds than the monsoon from the Indian Ocean.

But just in case you think this is all too good to be true, the ABC brings us back to earth with a bump:

Elsewhere in the Himalayas “more than 65 per cent of the monsoon-influenced glaciers … are retreating,” they write in the journal Nature Geoscience of the satellite study from 2000 to 2008. Some glaciers that were stable in length were covered by a thick layer of rocky debris. (source)

Another “science is settled” moment, I think…


  1. rukidding says:

    Yes the ABC just can’t bring itself to broadcast a story debunking global warming without broadcasting a story that supports global warming.
    As I said the other day when they broardcast the story about shale gas and then the very next item was to say how bad climate change is.

    Don’t suppose it is worth writing to the management about the bias.

  2. The Loaded Dog says:

    ABC = Taxpayers funding their own indoctrination.

    Bloody ABC – they desperately need an enema.


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