A 2500 square-mile iceberg broke off the Larsen C ice shelf this week. Scientists have been watching the fissure in Antartica for years, since the first crack appeared.
The iceberg is the size of Delaware and weighs more than a trillion tons. Larsen C is the fourth largest ice shelf in Antartica. As such, it provides a barrier that keeps land-based ice from flowing into the sea, causing higher sea levels.
However, this has nothing to do with climate change insofar as we know at this time.
The calving is normal
Scientists say the iceberg was already floating before it separated and therefore has no immediate impact on sea level.
“In the ensuing months and years, the ice shelf could either gradually regrow, or may suffer further calving events which may eventually lead to collapse — opinions in the scientific community are divided,” said Professor Adrian Luckman in a blog post for Project MIDAS, a UK-based Antarctic research project investigating the effects of a warming climate in West Antarctica.
The iceberg is likely to break into fragments with some of the ice remaining for decades in the area while other parts may drift to warmer water, he said.
Please note that it is a natural event and there are no links to climate change allegedly caused by humans, the scientists say.
“Although this is a natural event, and we’re not aware of any link to human-induced climate change, this puts the ice shelf in a very vulnerable position,” said Dr. Martin O’Leary, a glaciologist and member of the MIDAS team. “This is the furthest back that the ice front has been in recorded history. We’re going to be watching very carefully for signs that the rest of the shelf is becoming unstable.”
Other scientists have a more negative view and guess that it could disintegrate quickly and cause sea levels to rise by 10 feet.
Hysterics are saying it could cause a rise in the sea levels to 200 feet and we’re all going to die.
It must be noted here that there was nothing in The Paris Agreement that would have had any effect on this.
The Larsen C break-off follows similar collapses that occurred in ice shelves in 1995 and 2002, both of which were attributed to a warming climate. Computer models are the only evidence for this.
It’s only the computer models that support this claim. And the models are only as good as the biases of the scientists imputing the information.
Calving is a natural occurrence but scientists have been exploring if climate change may have played a role in expediting the rift. Honestly, they don’t know.
Al Gore claims to know
In December 2008 Al Gore predicted the “entire North Polar ice cap will be gone in five years”.
Al Gore then trekked off to Antarctica in 2012 with global warming activists Richard Branson, NASA’s James Hansen and Climategate’s KevinTrenberth among many others, to gather information to terrify the public. Gore warned of a melting continent.
Mark Steyn in a Spectator article called it the Ship of Fools.
The Paris Agreement couldn’t do a thing to stop this.
We also don’t know if any or all of the global warming, which has been imperceptible for almost two decades, is caused by carbon dioxide. That is what scientists think is the cause. The computer models bear that out. However, they bear it out because of the scientific data these same people put into the computers.
Al Gore has been out praising South Australia’s catastrophic renewable energy policies.
They are the new climate change world leaders, Gore says without hesitation and in all seriousness.
No word yet on what he thinks of the huge iceberg though we can envision him as apoplectic and anxiously await his next dire warning.