Saturday, March 29

Did You Hear...

...about the massive chunk of ice that collapsed from the Wilkens Ice Shelf in western Antartica? This "chunk" as I call it is about seven times the size of Manhattan! It's been a part of the ice shelf for thousands of years and now it's broken away and is floating around melting.

So who cares?

For one thing, the breakaway ice puts the rest of the Wilkens Ice Shelf at risk by making it weaker. The rest of it is about the size of Connecticult. There's always great chucks of ice breaking away from the main and floating around--icebergs. But these things are collapsing and not reforming.

Scientists said they are not concerned about a rise in sea level from the latest event, but say it's a sign of worsening global warming.

Such occurrences are "more indicative of a tipping point or trigger in the climate system," said Sarah Das, a scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

"These are things that are not re-forming," Das said. "So once they're gone, they're gone."

The rest of the article is here.

While we may not be facing the consequences of that today or tomorrow, they are coming. If we are concerned about our descendants, grandchildren and forward, we should care.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We did hear about that. It can't be good news.

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