Saturday, April 4, 2009

GASP!: Ice Shelf Breaking Away

The AP is back at it, this time with the semiannual to annually recurring ‘ice chunk breaking away due to global warming’ story. Instead of focusing like the recent previous story did on the Arctic, this one moves to the South Pole.

I guess they will keep this up until we doubters are worn down from the sheer volume of misinformation, but I don’t see any hope of that happening. I will fight this mass stupidity until I no longer breathe.

There is no end to the ice melting, ice breaking, ice cracking, ice floating, and associated coastal flooding news stories out there to stoke your climate terror. Last summer, they told us that the North Pole would melt away completely…and it didn’t happen. Another failed fear-evoking prediction. Check the GASP! series and the warmlist for more AGW-related fear.

Massive Ice Shelf About to Break Away From Antarctic Coast

PARIS — A massive ice shelf anchored to the Antarctic coast by a narrow and quickly deteriorating ice bridge could break away soon, the European Space Agency warned Friday.

The Paris-based agency said satellite images show the bridge that connects the Wilkins Ice Shelf to Charcot and Latady Islands "looks set to collapse."

"The beginning of what appears to be the demise of the ice bridge began this week when new rifts" appeared and a large block of ice broke away, it said.

The Wilkins Ice Shelf — which like the rest of Antarctic's ice sheet "was formed by thousands of years of accumulated and compacted snow" — had been stable for most of the last century before it began retreating in the 1990s, the statement said.

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