The Sky is falling, the glaciers are melting, the sea is rising and the earth is doomed and it’s all your fault. Global warming alarmists have been pedaling this stuff for years.
Antarctic ice and glaciers are breaking away and will melt causing the ocean to rise, flood our coastal cities and drown millions.
Really . . . a whole lot of people believe that stuff and alarmists have been teaching it to our kids. Almost every malady known to man (and woman) has been blamed on global warming.
The real inconvenient truth is that it’s a fraud created by cynics designed to extract money from a frightened public and direct that money into the pockets of politicians and academics to perpetuate the fraud. What these cynics really believe is that they can scare enough people to keep the money flowing.
And the fraud continues.
The crack in this Antarctic ice shelf just grew by 11 miles. A dramatic break could be imminent.
From the reliably wrong Washington Post: By Chris Mooney January 6, 2017
An enormous rift in one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves grew dramatically over the past month, and a chunk nearly the size of Delaware could break away as soon as later this winter, British scientists reported this week.
If this happens, it could accelerate a further breakup of the ice shelf, essentially removing a massive cork of ice that keeps some of Antarctica’s glaciers from flowing into the ocean. The long term result, scientists project, could be to noticeably raise global sea levels by 10 centimeters, or almost four inches.
It’s the latest sign of major ice loss in the fast warming Antarctic Peninsula, which has already seen the breakup of two other shelves in the same region, events that have been widely attributed to climate change.
The crack in the ice shelf, known as Larsen C, has been growing at an accelerating rate. Since the beginning of December, it has grown about 11 miles in length, after extending 13 miles earlier in the year. In total, the rift has grown about 50 miles since 2011 (it’s almost 100 miles long in total), and has widened to well over 1,000 feet. Now, only 12 miles of ice continue to connect the chunk with the rest of the ice shelf.
When it breaks away, the loss would be of nearly 2,000 square miles of ice, say the researchers with Project MIDAS, a British government-funded collaboration based at Swansea and Aberystwyth universities in Wales. That’s larger than Rhode Island and almost as big as Delaware.
The consequences of the break could be dramatic.
“When it calves, the Larsen C Ice Shelf will lose more than 10% of its area to leave the ice front at its most retreated position ever recorded; this event will fundamentally change the landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula,” said the researchers in a statementabout the rift.
“We have previously shown that the new configuration will be less stable than it was prior to the rift, and that Larsen C may eventually follow the example of its neighbour Larsen B, which disintegrated in 2002 following a similar rift-induced calving event.”