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Climate Change: Hundreds of Antarctic Glaciers In Retreat, Says Study
PARIS -- Scientists have issued a fresh warning about the effect of climate change on Antarctica, saying that more than 200 coastal glaciers are in retreat because of higher temperatures.
Of the 244 marine glaciers that drain inland ice on the Antarctic peninsula, a region previously identified as vulnerable to global warming, 87 percent have fallen back over the last half century, according to research by British experts.
Using 2,000 aerial photos dating back to the late 1940s and 100 satellite pictures, experts from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) compiled a record of glacier-ice shelves and tidewater glaciers along the peninsula -- the tongue of land that juts 800 kilometers (500 miles) northwards out of continental Antarctica.
Glacier-ice shelves are floating glaciers on the shoreline that are still connected to the land glaciers from which they flowed.
Tidewater glaciers rest on rock and break off into the ocean when they reach the water's edge.
Over the last half century, during which time regional temperatures have risen by around 2 C (3.6 F), these glacier fronts have reversed direction, the authors note in a study published on Friday in the US weekly journal Science.
Antarctica, the fifth largest continent in the world, contains more than 90 percent of the world's ice, most of it above sea level.
If even a small part of this cap melts, rising sea levels could drown low-lying island states, cities and deltas.
I still know people who think that Climate Change is based on models.
They like to debunk the science by saying that the system is too complicated to be modeled. I even had one former utility executive tell me that because they weren't able to model the pollution flows in the Houston Ship Channel successfully, modeling the effect of CO2 in the environment was impossible.
This is the equivalent of saying,
Because I was not able to make the football team,
nobody can make the football team.
Another utility executive, who is now in charge of building a coal plant,
told me that 20 years ago,
he was told that the world was getting colder,
Now, they tell us it's getting warmer.
Therefore you can't believe either of them.
20 years ago, we had 2000 climate scientists,
representing the best of the global climate science community,
the Academies of Science of all major nations,
and the vast preponderance of scientific thought in general
issue countless reports and studies
warning of an impending cooling that will change life on earth
as we know it.
Somehow I don't remember that.
Neither does he.
Maybe what he is really saying is this,
Look, we're going to build this coal plant while we still can.
I consider that to be the moral equivalent of looting before a storm.
Nice going guys.