Sunday, December 19, 2010

Antarctic Ice Melting

A story that should be raising alarm bells, but is instead being ignored by the MSM, is about how the western Antarctic peninsula is seeing "the highest increase in temperatures of anywhere on Earth." Yeah, you read that right. The Antarctic is a place that nine years ago the IPCC was predicting would see very little significant ice loss until 2100 but instead is now experiencing shrinking ice shelves and new analyses of the heat content of the waters off Western Antarctic Peninsula show a clear and exponential increase in warming waters that is undermining the sea ice, raising air temperatures, melting glaciers and has already wiped out entire penguin colonies.
Global warming is sneaky. For more than a century it has been hiding large amounts of excess heat in the world’s deep seas. Now that heat is coming to the surface again in one of the worst possible places: Antarctica.

So while global warming has continued its fitful warming of the temperature on Earth’s surface, the planet is warming from human-cause greenhouse gases just where climate science said it would — the oceans, which is where more than 90% of the warming was projected to end up.
 For obvious reasons this should be regarded as alarming enough a story for the MSM to report on -- maybe even on their front pages. Antarctica is disintegrating much faster than almost anybody imagined. Not only is this happening more than 90 years ahead of schedule, one of the reasons for this underestimation is that many the climate models is being referenced for discussion about climate change didn't include the vast amounts of methane the cryosphere and oceans will release as the warming gathers momentum.



1 comment:

Toe said...

And look inter-species breeding is already occurring. Scientists are excited about it, but I dunno, not right. Some excerpts.

In 2006, they said, scientists were startled to discover a "pizzly," or a hybrid of a grizzly bear and a polar bear, and in 2010, another bear shot dead by a hunter also was found to have mixed DNA.---
Last year what appeared to be cross between a bowhead and a right whale was photographed in the Bering Sea between Alaska and Russia.---
Different species of Arctic porpoises and seals are also known to have produced offspring with a mixed bag of chromosomes.---
When mallard ducks were introduced to New Zealand in the late 19th century, for example, they mated with native grey ducks. Today, there are few, if any, pure grey ducks left.---
Sharply reducing the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) pumped into the atmosphere will help slow the disappearance of the Arctic ice cap.---But no one is listening. :>(