For the I don’t know how many years, liberals have been lying and whining about “climate change,” and using as part of their evidence the “decimation” of Antarctica.
Sorry again to all the Chicken Little’s – because brand new NASA reports, complete with photographic proof have completely destroyed their warnings about the end of the earth:
Antarctica is growing not shrinking, according to a new NASA (yes, a government) study which proves that an increase in Antarctic snow accumulation that began 10,000 years ago is currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the increased losses from its thinning glaciers.
Whoops! Hey whatever you do, don’t tell Al Gore that the beach at his ocean view mansion is slowly getting bigger and bigger!
But of course he knows the tides are not rising at break-neck speed or he would have bought in the mountains, don’t you think? Hope the bank with his 100’s of $millions of dollars he’s made off the “global warming, climate change” scare doesn’t… freeze… his assets.
Get it? See what I did there? … oh forget it.
Back to NASA and the growing glacial continent of Antarctica: The study – by an organization not exactly known for playing down environmental scares – will come as a major blow climate alarmists, who continue to claim – as the IPCC’s most recent Assessment Report did – that its land ice mass was slowly melting into the sea.
The new NASA research challenges the conclusions of other studies, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 2013 report, which says that Antarctica is shrinking and if we don’t send more tax dollars to Washington D.C. – mankind is done for…
According to the new analysis of satellite data, the Antarctic ice sheet showed a net gain of 112 billion tons of ice a year from 1992 to 2001. That net gain slowed to 82 billion tons of ice per year between 2003 and 2008.
“We’re essentially in agreement with other studies that show an increase in ice discharge in the Antarctic Peninsula and the Thwaites and Pine Island region of West Antarctica,” said Jay Zwally, a glaciologist with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and lead author of the study, which was published on Oct. 30 in the Journal of Glaciology. “Our main disagreement is for East Antarctica and the interior of West Antarctica – there, we see an ice gain that exceeds the losses in the other areas.” Zwally added that his team “measured small height changes over large areas, as well as the large changes observed over smaller areas.”
Scientists calculate how much the ice sheet is growing or shrinking from the changes in surface height that are measured by the satellite altimeters. In locations where the amount of new snowfall accumulating on an ice sheet is not equal to the ice flow downward and outward to the ocean, the surface height changes and the ice-sheet mass grows or shrinks.