A team led by Ala Khazendar of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, found evidence of the ice shelf flowing faster and becoming more fragmented. The flow is creating large cracks in the ice shelf.
“These are warning signs that the remnant is disintegrating,” Khazendar said in a NASA press release. “Although it’s fascinating scientifically to have a front-row seat to watch the ice shelf becoming unstable and breaking up, it’s bad news for our planet.”
The collapse of the Larsen B Ice Shelf seems to have been caused by a series of warm summers on the Antarctic Peninsula, which happen during what in the Northern Hemisphere are winter months. Those trends built up to a particularly warm summer in 2002, according to NASA.
The breakup of Larsen B has little or nothing to do with global warming.
The 3200-square-kilometre Larsen B ice shelf broke apart between January and March 2002 following a series of warm summers, and after melt ponds had formed on the ice shelf. The abruptness of the break-up led many scientists to lay the blame squarely on climate change. “But the picture is much more complicated,” says Neil Glasser of Aberystwyth University in the UK.
When Glasser and Ted Scambos of the University of Colorado at Boulder – who has been tracking the increased movement of glaciers near the erstwhile Larsen B – reviewed satellite images from 1987 onwards, they saw giant rifts and crevasses created by long-term glaciological processes.
Sea ice around the Larsen Ice Shelves is at a record high.
The Antarctic Peninsula is the fastest cooling place on earth
Temperatures in the interior of Antarctica are incredibly cold.
As far as their other hysterical claims, they are also complete nonsense.
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According to our most accurate data source (satellites) the planet is not warming, and the last quarter was nowhere near the warmest on record. It was quite ordinary.
Why would CNN willfully choose to ignore the best sources of temperature data, and the best science about ice shelves? Their stories are based on the propaganda of a small handful of global warming hacks.
CNN makes Soviet Pravda look like honest reporting. They are pushing complete lies on the public.