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  • Glacier Melting not from Climate Change?

    Pine Island glacier

    New evidence on the melting Pine Island Glacier (PIG), one of the melting Antarctic glaciers that some scientists feel may pose a threat to sea level increases, suggests that it is not climate change that is causing the glacier to melt. From the UK’s Register:

    “Many scientists have theorised that the PIG’s accelerating flow is due to global warming. However, recent research – including surveys beneath the bottom of the floating, projecting ice sheet by Blighty’s Autosub robot probe – indicate that this may not be the case.

    “The discovery of the ridge has raised new questions about whether the current loss of ice from Pine Island Glacier is caused by recent climate change or is a continuation of a longer-term process that began when the glacier disconnected from the ridge,” says Dr Adrian Jenkins of the British Antarctic Survey.”

    The climate experts even suggest that melting ice has beneficial impacts on the freshness of the ocean. While the new findings do not suggest melting glaciers pose no threat to sea level increases, it does show how little we really know about the causes behind melting glaciers.

    Rising sea levels could present problems in the future but so far the hysteria of massive sea level increases threatening our world’s coastlines has been unsupported by fact. Nils-Axel Morner, former emeritus head of the paleogeophysics and geodynamics department at Stockholm University, studied sea levels of the countries that would allegedly be affected by higher water levels. Morner, a former reviewer of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, found dramatic differences in the observed data and the IPCC’s model predictions for the Maldives, Bangladesh, Tuvalu, Qatar, Vanuatu, Venice and northwest Europe. In every instance, the threat of rising sea levels was drastically overstated.

    Rising sea levels is one of the many justifications for pushing forward with carbon dioxide cuts. Of course, the policies aimed at reducing sea levels, particularly cap and trade, will have little- if any – impact on sea levels. But it will come with a huge price tag.

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    6 Responses to Glacier Melting not from Climate Change?

    1. RickR, NYC says:

      The melting of the Pine Island Glacier has evidently been accelerated by its detachment from the undersea ridge that had slowed its movement. Now warmer water is penetrating into and enlarging a cavity behind the ridge and beneath the glacier, causing it to melt faster. But what caused the thinning of the glacier that led to its detachment from the ridge in the first place? Did climate change kick-start the process we are now seeing? Or does the glacier's detachment from the ridge and resulting quickened melting disprove the idea that global warming has played a role in loss of Antarctic ice? The scientists at the British Antarctic survey and others on the research team in the Antarctic haven't reached any conclusions about that. As scientists they understand that facts come before conclusions. Unfortunately those with more political agendas are already taking a decidedly un-scientific approach to this latest information, using it as "proof" that climate change has played no role. This only serves to confuse, not enlighten.

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    3. S Katz says:

      These desperate attempts to find 'evidence' that human activities are not responsible for the massive changes taking place on this planet are not science based.

      It's a public relations stunt, and not much more.

    4. Andrea Mason says:

      "The climate experts even suggest that melting ice has beneficial impacts on the freshness of the ocean. While the new findings do not suggest melting glaciers pose no threat to sea level increases, it does show how little we really know about the causes behind melting glaciers."

      Is the message in that paragraph a little bit misleading trying to persuade readers to believe that new findings do in fact suggest that melting glaciers pose no threat to sea levels? Well, I can read between the lines and I call BS.

      These facts remain. No one is going to care until it is too late. We are going to keep making excuses and sift further into denial so that we don't have to deal with the consequences of poorly made decisions. Money rules everything, and as long as the power lies within the filthy rich, selfish and greedy, our Earth will not survive this investation.

    5. Andrea Mason says:

      These facts remain. No one is going to care until it is too late. We are going to keep making excuses and sift further into denial so that we don't have to deal with the consequences of poorly made decisions. Money rules everything, and as long as the power lies within the filthy rich, selfish and greedy, our Earth will not survive this investation.

    6. louallen Miller says:

      I agree with the above posted comments: You point vaguely to one, isolated glacier, and then use words like "indicate" "theorizing" and "suggests" to make your case against the world's glaciologists who have studied hundreds of glaciers worldwide for decades. And you call their conclusions "hysteria." Great rhetoric. Any chance we can hire you to write for the "other side?" You do such a good job of making a mountain out of a molehill.

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