BBC Worried That Svalbard Is As Hot As In 1922

By Paul Homewood


h/t Ian Magness


Deep inside the Arctic Circle, the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard is home to the world’s northernmost permanent settlement, Longyearbyen, which is estimated to be heating at six times the global average. So what is being done to save it?

Svalbard’s church is a blood-red wooden building with bright white trim – the most northerly place of worship in the world.

Its priest, Siv Limstrand, has been here for only three years but is shocked by the impact of climate change she has witnessed in that time.

"Every Sunday when we gather for worship, a part of our intercessions is always about climate change and its threats," explains Limstrand. "We know that the clock is ticking."


Experts from the Norwegian Polar Institute are among those who calculate it is heating six times faster than the global average.

The consensus is that the temperature in Svalbard has jumped 4C in the past 50 years

Ah! Another “fastest warming place in the world”!

But as this is the BBC, they only tell you half the story. Are you surprised?

As most of us probably know, many places in the Arctic were nearly as warm as now in the 1930s and 40s, and lo and behold Svalbard is no exception! Indeed summer temperatures, which are most relevant there, were almost as high then:




In between of course Svalbard went through a drastic cooling episode in the 1960s and 70s. And it is from this unusually cold base period that the BBC claim their 4C of warming.

Only charlatans would play this trick.


October 28, 2022 at 10:49AM

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