Hey, remember when David Bellamy claimed?
Indeed, if you take all the evidence that is rarely mentioned by the Kyotoists into consideration, 555 of all the 625 glaciers under observation by the World Glacier Monitoring Service in Zurich, Switzerland, have been growing since 1980.
And George Monbiot’s heroic efforts to track down the source of this claim? Bellamy got it from a crackpot web site (“The next ice age could begin any day”), which got it from Larouche’s 21st Century Science, which got from SEPP (presumably S Fred Singer):
The World Glacier Monitoring Service in Zurich, Switzerland, in a paper published in Science in 1989, noted that between 1926 and 1960 more than 70 percent of 625 mountain glaciers in the [mid-latitude] United States, Soviet Union, Iceland, Switzerland, Austria, and Italy were retreating. After 1980, however, 55 percent of these same glaciers were advancing.
That’s where the trail went cold, because there was no such paper published in Science in 1989. Well, it seems that the source was a paper published in Arctic and Alpine Research, not Science. And it was published in 1988, not 1989. And it wasn’t written by The World Glacier Monitoring Service but by Fred Wood of the OTA. And it didn’t say that 55% of 625 glaciers were advancing, but that 55% of 446 glaciers were advancing. And it wasn’t since 1980 it was from 1979 to 1980. So the only thing that SEPP/Singer got right about the article was the 55% number. And that was the bit that Bellamy turned into 555. So as well as Bellamy’s statement being wrong overall (the vast majority of observed mountain glaciers are actually retreating), every single part of it was wrong.
(Via Peter O’Neill at Climate Audit, who in the usual Climate Audit way thinks that Monbiot needs to make a correction, not Bellamy.)