More alarmism from USGS

Keep in mind that the Antarctic Peninsula is the only part of Antarctica that is warming, that the warming is caused by changes in ocean currents, not “global warming”, that the continent as a whole is on a 50-year cooling trend, and that the peninsula is only 5% of the area of Antarctica.  Yet USGS paints a scenario where warming in the small northerly peninsula is going to cause the entire massive antarctic ice sheet to flow into the ocean causing a sea level rise which will “threaten coastal communities and low-lying islands worldwide”.  Your tax dollars paid for this propaganda:

“Ice shelves are retreating in the southern section of the Antarctic Peninsula due to climate change. This could result in glacier retreat and sea-level rise if warming continues, threatening coastal communities and low-lying islands worldwide.  …

The ice shelves are attached to the continent and already floating, holding in place the Antarctic ice sheet that covers about 98 percent of the Antarctic continent. As the ice shelves break off, it is easier for outlet glaciers and ice streams from the ice sheet to flow into the sea. The transition of that ice from land to the ocean is what raises sea level.

“The loss of ice shelves is evidence of the effects of global warming …” [said USGS scientist Jane Ferrigno].”  “Ice Shelves Disappearing on Antarctic Peninsula

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