In a few hours the sun will set at the South Pole for six months and Penguins will struggle to keep their eggs alive through the winter. But climate scientists and journalists say Antarctica is burning up due to global warming.
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“The volcanic heat sources were found beneath the fastest moving and the fastest melting glacier in Antarctica, the Pine Island Glacier,” Loose said. “It is losing mass the fastest.”
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 [...]