Supporters of the human-induced climate change theory have been dependent on the melting ice in the Antarctic Peninsula (AP) to prove their claims. However, a new study reveals controversial findings on the alleged “recovery” of Earth’s glaciers.
While this might be good news for the world, those who push the idea of a real climate change may feel a little awkward about his. According to an earlier University Herald report, the study published in the journal “Science of the Total Environment” claims that “glacier recession” is now slowing down.
As a matter of fact, the cooling process began as early as 1998 and is now starting to impact Antarctic’s cryosphere.
If proven to be true, the strongest proof of global warming is headed towards the opposite side of truth sooner than later. The researchers added that the previous heating of the oceans is now “an extreme case”. For the record, the AP is often described as one of the regions with the highest warming trends.
Per The Blaze, the recent analysis (Turner et al., 2016) show that the temperature record in AP for the last three decades has shifted from a warming trend of .32 degrees Celsius per 10 years during 1979 to 1997 to a cooling trend of -0.47 degrees Celsius during 1999 to 2014. The results also indicate that the cooling has been most significant in the North and Northeast of AP and the South Shetland Islands. On the contrary, the cooling trend was absent in the Southwest part of the said area.
Moreover, the “glacier recession” has already affected the cryosphere in northern AP. Prior to this, climate change advocates have said that the melting of sea ice will continue until global effects could be felt. One of the most imminent threats is the believed rising of sea levels. Well, the issue about the heating of the planet remains to be a very debatable topic, which may be due to the fact that humans only know a small percentage of the whole truth about Earth.