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West Antarctic Glaciers Thaw, Antarctic Ice Expands

Compare and contrast.

First we have this from Reuters:

West Antarctic glaciers in ‘irreversible’ thaw, raising seas: study

By Alister Doyle | May 12, 2014

OSLO, (Reuters) – Vast glaciers in West Antarctica seem to be locked in an irreversible thaw linked to global warming that may push up sea levels for centuries, scientists said on Monday.

Six glaciers, eaten away from below by a warming of sea waters around the frozen continent, were flowing fast into the Amundsen Sea, according to the report based partly on satellite radar measurements from 1992 to 2011.

Evidence shows "a large sector of the West Antarctic ice sheet has gone into a state of irreversible retreat", said lead author Eric Rignot of the University of California, Irvine, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

The coastal ends of the glaciers rest on bedrock below sea level, holding back a vast weight of ice and making them vulnerable to melt, he said. He likened the process to uncorking a full bottle of wine while it was lying on its side.

This part of Antarctica would be a major contributor to sea level rise in coming decades and centuries since the glaciers hold enough ice to raise sea levels by 1.2 meters (4 feet).

"It’s passed the point of no return," he told a telephone news conference…

Good. Now maybe they will shut up about it.

Even so, cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, part of efforts to rein in global warming, could at least slow the slide of the Pine Island, Thwaites, Haynes, Pope, Smith and Kohler glaciers…

There goes that hope.

Monday’s findings may also mean that scenarios by the IPCC for sea level rise are too low. The IPCC said last year that sea levels are likely to rise by between 26 and 82 cm (10 and 32 inches) by the late 21st century, after a 19 cm (7 inch) rise since 1900…

Even though there hasn’t been any rise in sea levels.

Meanwhile, we have this from the Daily Caller:

Global Cooling: Antarctic Sea Ice Coverage Continues To Break Records

By Michael Bastasch | May 12, 2014

Someone let Al Gore know the South Pole isn’t melting. Antarctic sea ice coverage reached record levels for April, hitting 3.5 million square miles — the largest on record.

It was a cold summer down in Antarctica, with sea ice coverage growing about 43,500 square miles a day, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSDC). April 2014 beats the previous sea-ice coverage record from April 2008 by a whopping 124,000 square miles.

But even with autumn in full swing in the South Pole, “record levels continue to be set in early May,” reports the NSDC. Sea ice levels have been “significantly above” satellite data averages for 16 consecutive months.

The most pronounced growth in sea-ice coverage is in the eastern Weddell Sea and areas south of Australia and along the southeastern Indian Ocean, according to NSDC. And temperatures in the Weddell Sea region have been 1 to 2 degrees Celsius below the 1981 to 2010 average during March and April. Similar cooling trends have lowered average temperatures along the southern Indian Ocean by 2 to 3 degrees Celsius.

“However, across much of the far Southern Hemisphere, temperatures have been above average: For example, in the southern Antarctic Peninsula, temperatures have been 1 to 2 degrees Celsius (2 to 4 degrees Fahrenheit) above average; in the southern South Pacific, temperatures have been 1.5 to 2.5 degrees Celsius (3 to 4 degrees Fahrenheit) above average, and up to 4 degrees Celsius (7 degrees Fahrenheit) above average in the area near the South Pole,” NSDC notes…

Oh, well. That is just weather.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “West Antarctic Glaciers Thaw, Antarctic Ice Expands”

  1. KookyDave

    Ouch, I think I have whiplash. Can I get some ice?

  2. canary

    Scientist Eric Rignot

    “likened the process to uncorking a full bottle of wine while it was lying on its side.”

    “It’s passed the point of no return,” he told a telephone news conference…

    Me thinks the cuts to the NASA program has too many scientists like Eric Rignot drinking too much wine and they need to take individual responsibility to create a personal draught to dry out a little land from all their pissing in the wind.

    Auld Lang Syne

    Should old acquaintance be forgot,
    and never brought to mind? hymmm

    And surely you’ll buy your pint cup

    and surely I’ll buy mine!

    hymmmm for auld lang syne.

    We two have paddled in the stream,

    But seas between us broad have roared

    since auld lang syne. hymmmm

    And we’ll take a right good-will draught,

    for auld lang syne

    I was reading on NASA site back when that one idiot held up the Arctic computer generated hum bug in an interview
    with a government leader arguing that the Antarctic was not melting.

    And it there was some honest scientists that are willing to say they don’t know what causes something or they they still don’t know why something happened.

    Now we know some scientists are saying they’ve an entire new solar world meaning the sky is much larger than we ever knew and they are finding new little planets like the reddish one that’s color means it’s covered with a lot of ice.

    So, not one with their fancy words, but NASA explains that the satelites they use to take these satelite images ARE NOT accurate.

    There was a very long explanation of the problems with satelite images over the poles.

    And a crack in the ice may not be a crack at all, but an image problem, and given the brilliant fraud and corruption that scientists and goverments are known for, you can not trust the images or computer generated pictures and graphs they show. And NASA scientists are going to do everything to strum up created work to keep the cash flow coming in.

    I think if they were really concerned they’d hold a world summit and get every country to get their people to create massive assembly lines of people that pass buckets of water from sea to shining sea. Like these commericals that say so many milliions of people could hold hands and make a bridge that goes around the globe 4 times. No different than gargling with salt water for a sore throat, Sea water is great for fertilizer in the soil and for breathing and wound infections, etc…

  3. heykev

    Be nice if the money spent on climate change was spent on eliminating disease, poverty, illiteracy or any number of REAL thing that liberals can grasp. Instead they drum up phony pseudo-science to that is a endless black hole for our money that would be better spent anyplace else.

  4. captstubby

    Al Gore Explains The Real Motivation Behind Republicans’ Climate Change Denial
    The Huffington Post | by Mollie Reilly
    Updated: 05/13/2014

    Despite the release of a White House report detailing the devastating effects of global warming already underway, many Republicans are unwavering in their belief that humans play no role in climate change.
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), for instance, told ABC News on Sunday that he does not “believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it.” And last month, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) claimed the global warming debate had become “dumbed down,” before making claims on historic temperatures that stand in stark contrast to the work of climate scientists.
    Former vice president Al Gore says he sees the true motivation behind these remarks: currying favor with Republican megadonors like Charles and David Koch.

    Climate Change Is Already Here, Says Massive Government Report
    Posted: 05/06/2014
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....70541.html

    ‘So let it be written. So let it be done’.
    Egyptian pharaoh Rameses II
    The Ten Commandments
    1956

  5. Rush Limbaugh caller, Tues May 13 2014 – Algebra teacher. Did the math on how many Joules it would take to raise all of Antarctica’s ice mass one degree. Cut to the chase .. 263,000 Russian Tsar Bombs (50-100 megaton range) ignited simultaneously all across Antarctica. Repeat as necessary.

    • canary

      Maybe God, made an iceberg breakaway so people would be happy for more cold water and snow. God can always make the poles colder and bigger.

      Reports are Al Gore is making a another doomsday climate movie. He certainly, has a lot more science fiction movies to borrow footage from. I was going to say “steal” from, but I’m sure liberal producers will help him for tax deductions.




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