Images of ice sheets falling into the sea are common to global warming concerns. But according to the World Climate Report, the carefully studied situation in Anarctica shows anything but a melting pole. A paper recently published in Geophysical Research Letters says there has been a doubling of snow accumulation in the western Antarctic Peninsula since the 1850, and no significant change in snowfall across the continent as a whole over the past 50-plus years. Indeed, the United Nation’s own science body sees only localized changes, and a “lack of warming…in atmospheric temperatures averaged across the region.” So while melting ice caps may help sell newspapers, the reality is a bit chillier for such global warming hype.


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