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.