One problem that persists is that there is still only a relatively short series of direct measurements on which to base our understanding of the Arctic.Satellite monitoring of the Arctic only began in 1978, giving us less than forty years of reliable data.‘We see NASA in an exploration role, in deep space research,’ Walker told the publication.
—GWPF Climate Briefing, November 2016 Donald Trump plans to put NASA’s focus back on space exploration and cut away programs that study climate change.
Bob Walker, an adviser to Trump, told The Guardian that the incoming president wants to keep NASA away from ‘politicized science.’ Other government agencies can take on climate research, he said.
Yet the transcript of his New York Times interview shows it is far too early to know what the next US President will do about climate and energy policy.
—GWPF, 23 November 2016 The election of Donald Trump and Republican majorities in both houses of Congress have terrified environmentalists and climate campaigners, who have declared that the next four years will be a “disaster.” Fear is understandable.
We have much to learn about the new administration’s plans.
But what little we know offers some cause for hope.Not only has Antarctic sea ice not changed, but land based ice is expanding according to NASA study.NASA Study: ‘Antarctica is not currently contributing to sea level rise’ – ‘Mass Gains of Antarctic Ice Sheet Greater than Losses’ Antarctic sea ice had barely changed from where it was 100 years ago, scientists have discovered, after pouring over the logbooks of great polar explorers such as Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton.It also explains why sea ice levels in the South Pole have begun to rise again in recent years, a trend which has left climate scientists scratching their heads.“The missions of Scott and Shackleton are remembered in history as heroic failures, yet the data collected by these and other explorers could profoundly change the way we view the ebb and flow of Antarctic sea ice,” said Dr Jonathan Day, who led the study, which was published in the journal The Cryosphere.This may not be enough to establish what is normal – or abnormal – for the region.