Yippee, more great news. This time from the planet’s primary air conditioner and sea level manager, which may be way more sensitive to small increases in temperature than some researchers thought:
Disc News) — Scientists have long known that the wide platforms of ice extending from the southernmost continent have been shrinking away. But what’s behind the melting hasn’t been clear — whether warm ocean currents or surface winds have a bigger impact on the ice.
Now, a new satellite survey of Antarctica places the blame largely on the water. “In most places in Antarctica, we can’t explain the ice-shelf thinning through melting of snow at the surface,” said study team member Hamish Pritchard of the British Antarctic Survey in a statement. “So it has to be driven by warm ocean currents melting them from below.”
Isn’t that just dandy? Of course water carries far more thermal energy per unit volume than air — try sitting naked in a chilly tub of water and a chilly room for a half-hour if you don’t get that — and thus erodes/melts the ice from below much faster than air at the same temperature would from above, all things being equal.
Also, too, notwithstanding and heretofore … polemic. … Sorry, inside joke for reg readers. Anyway, I’m sure there’s a lucrative disinformation/conflation angle in there somewhere. The Watts posse and the AEI boyz will be all over it in no time, if they’re not already. Let’s give ‘em a hand. How about this, ‘until Antarctica is ice free can any of us truly be free?’ Or maybe ‘Rise up, fellow American Republicans, and Free Antarctica from its Icy Prison, for God-eh, for country, and for yourselves!’
See how easy it is to appear clever if honesty and accuracy are thrown out the window? Simply conflate the word free in ice-free with liberty as in the US Constitution! Sucker in as many right-wing blogs as possible and that could actually have an effect.
Thank you, thank you. Now, fossil fuel lobby; that will $80,000, small bills please, or better yet e-check into one of my
offshore Freedom Accounts.