Both parts of Gore's statement are false.
Especially when you learn that of those 80 glaciers, several are growing. Growing. Not melting. "In Norway, many maritime glaciers were able to gain mass," Zemp concedes. ("Able to gain mass" means growing.) In North America, Zemp also concedes, "some positive values were reported from the North Cascade Mountains and the Juneau Ice Field." ("Displaying positive values" means growing.)
Unfortunately, that millenniums-long melting trend now appears to be changing. No matter how assiduously Mr. Gore tries to ignore it, almost all of the ice-covered regions of the Earth are now gaining mass. (Or, displaying positive values, if you will.)
So much for Mr. Gore's "more than 80 glaciers."
The overall ice thickness changes are approximately plus 5 cm (1.9 inches) per year or 54 cm (21.26 inches) over 11 years, according to the experts at Norwegian, Russian and U.S. institutes led by Ola Johannessen at the Mohn Sverdrup center for Global Ocean Studies and Operational Oceanography in Norway.
Put the Antarctic and Greenland Ice Sheets together, and they're one hundred times bigger than all of the rest of the world's glaciers combined.
More than 90 percent of the world's glaciers are growing, in other words, and all we hear about are the ones that are shrinking.
They can't. The sea level models are wrong.
Robert W. Felix is author of Not by Fire but by Ice, and publisher of http://www.iceagenow.com/.