Glacier Melts And Alarmists Desperately Want To Blame Man

totten glacierNo matter what happens, the alarmists blame man for changing the climate. In their minds, there are no other explanations. In reality, there can be many, with melting in Antarctica as one example.

Indeed, a massive glacier in East Antarctica that holds vast amounts of water is melting. Should it thaw completely, the water it releases could contribute to a rise in sea levels. The question, of course, is why is the Totten Glacier [pictured], which is about 75 miles long and roughly 20 miles wide, melting?

And while we ponder that, let’s not forget that a complete meltdown of Totten would likely take centuries, not months or even years. New York and Los Angeles won’t be underwater by the end of the summer.

Research published online Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience concludes that Totten’s retreat might be caused by a valley or trough of warm water flowing beneath the glacier, melting it from the bottom up.

“Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Geophysics in the Jackson School of Geosciences,” says a March 16 news release from the school, “have discovered two seafloor gateways that could allow warm ocean water to reach the base of Totten Glacier, East Antarctica’s largest and most rapidly thinning glacier.”

Media reports scrupulously avoid saying this is man’s fault, though it’s clear they desperately want to say it is. The alarmist community can’t let the narrative fade. But any honest reading of the school’s summary will lead the reader to strongly infer that the warm water is an entirely natural event not caused by man.

Which is not to say the scary scenarios aren’t there. “The ice flowing through Totten Glacier alone,” the report says, “is sufficient to raise global sea level by at least 11 feet, equivalent to the contribution of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet if it were to completely collapse.”

Meanwhile, a Washington Post handwringer says that the Australian government’s Antarctic Division believes the glacier is losing an amount of ice “equivalent to 100 times the volume of Sydney Harbor every year.”

But again, is this the fault of humans? The researchers can’t say that, but one tried to place guilt by innuendo. He told the media, “The last IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report said that if this kind of thing happens, it’s going to add several tens of centimeters of sea level rise to their estimate of one meter.”

He didn’t distinguish, however, the sizable difference between an IPCC prediction that says man will cause sea levels to rise and a rise of entirely natural causes. The thought he wanted to plant in the public’s mind is that everything is happening the way the IPCC said.

We get the same from a report co-authored by Martin Siegert, co-director of the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London. “This is another example of how human-induced climate change could be triggering major changes with knock-on impacts that will be felt globally,” he said.

“Could be” also means “might not be.” Which means that scientists don’t know. Yet quite a few of them and the entire political left want to spend hundreds of billions that would choke Western economies, and authorize governments to regiment ostensibly free societies, because of some “could be” notion.

To rational thinkers, this doesn’t make sense. But to true believers in the global warming faith, to researchers who are deeply invested in the narrative and to anti-capitalists who want to use global warming as justification for forcing everyone into statist systems, it does.

But sincerity in their beliefs can’t turn guesswork into fact. It only muddles the debate and confuses the issue. It’s not too hard to believe that’s their goal.

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    Gator

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    Why would we expect glaciers to not melt? They formed when the Earth was cooler, and are melting due to the interglacial.

    Take an ice cube from your freezer, place it on your kitchen counter and observe it melting. Then set your house thermostat a few degrees cooler. The ice will still melt, because it is still in a warmer spot than your freezer, melting ice is not proof that temperatures are rising.

    Anyone who does not understand this can still qualify as a crewmember at McDonalds, so don’t despair.

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      GR82DRV

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      [quote name=”Gator”]Why would we expect glaciers to not melt? They formed when the Earth was cooler, and are melting due to the interglacial.

      Take an ice cube from your freezer, place it on your kitchen counter and observe it melting. Then set your house thermostat a few degrees cooler. The ice will still melt, because it is still in a warmer spot than your freezer, melting ice is not proof that temperatures are rising.

      Anyone who does not understand this can still qualify as a crewmember at McDonalds, so don’t despair.[/quote]
      Here’s another kitchen science experiment: Float some ice cubes in a large glass of water. Mark the water line – then let the ice melt and tell us how much the water level rises…

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    Amber

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    Members of the scary global warming religion acknowledge the climate changes .So there is common agreement on that . They think that humans breathing out and burning fossil fuels to heat their homes ,power computers ,make food and make plastic bobble heads etc is causing the earth to have a fever .

    What caused climate change for the last billion years ? Do the Church of Global Warming followers have a problem with everything that causes the climate to change .

    Perhaps a dimmer switch for the sun ?

    Time to get real .

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      GR82DRV

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      [quote name=”Amber”]
      Perhaps a dimmer switch for the sun ?
      [/quote]
      As absurd as that is you know the left would [u]love[/u] to tell us that with enough money, regulation, and political restructuring they could do just that… Give ’em time, they have no lack of hubris…

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        Gator

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        They have already discussed this kind of lunacy…

        [i]This study describes an approach to cooling the planet, which goes back to the mid-1970s, when Budyko (1974) suggested that, if global warming ever became a serious threat, we could counter it with airplane flights in the stratosphere, burning sulphur to make aerosols that would reflect sunlight away.[/i]

        http://rsta.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/366/1882/4007

        These crazies would rather return to the plagues of the Dark Ages, rather than allow us to be free.

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    GR82DRV

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    [quote name=”Gator”]They have already discussed this kind of lunacy…

    [i]This study describes an approach to cooling the planet, which goes back to the mid-1970s, when Budyko (1974) suggested that, if global warming ever became a serious threat, we could counter it with airplane flights in the stratosphere, burning sulphur to make aerosols that would reflect sunlight away.[/i]

    http://rsta.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/366/1882/4007

    These crazies would rather return to the plagues of the Dark Ages, rather than allow us to be free.[/quote]
    Crazy yes, but this is not at all the kind of solution that interests them. Nowadays all the “solutions” involve restricting free market capitalism, enforcing economic redistribution, increasing regulation, and surrendering US sovereignty.

    Despite all the rhetoric the left has no desire to pursue [i]scientific[/i] answers to real or contrived problems. This is all about power and wealth.

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    Paul H

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    There is no physical means whereby GHG can make any real difference to sea temperatures.

    GHG effectively only affect air temps, and as we know air temps have bugger all effect on water temps

    If sea temps really have gone up, look at other factors like the sun.

    In reality the Antarctic has been melting away since the ice age, and there is no reason to believe anything different is happening now

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