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Prepare to make your morning coffee with the tears of climatistas:

Ice core samples melt in freezer malfunction

Important ice samples from the Canadian Arctic were lost earlier this month when a freezer malfunctioned in a University of Alberta lab.

The loss of the millennia-old ice cores could throw a wrench into research about how atmospheric changes have affected the climate and how they could affect the Earth’s future.

The April 2 failure at the Canadian Ice Core Archive melted 180 cylindrical samples collected by government scientists since the mid-1970s, said archive director Martin Sharp. The lost pieces accounted for about 12 percent of the entire collection.

“For anybody who has an ice core collection, melting is a perennial fear, and you don’t find out that it’s happened until too late,” Sharp said.

The archive has been used in the past to help with research about climate history and atmospheric pollution, but the ice samples could potentially be used for future research about specific weather events or sea ice variability.

Sharp said he does not know if he and other researchers will be able to go back to the Arctic to replace the lost samples.

“Some of these ice caps are disappearing, and we’re going to lose this record, in some cases sooner rather than later,” he said.

The freezers probably didn’t rely on enough renewables. But not to worry: I’m sure Michael Mann can fashion a reconstruction of the ice.

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