Wednesday, July 06, 2016

A Refresher Course

Back in 2015, BRT did a post, Past the point of no return, a short piece on the possibility of the collapse of a large part of the western ice shelf of Antartica, something echoed in spades in a NY Times piece prosaically titled Climate Model Predicts West Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Melt Rapidly with consequences rather dire to say the least, particularly after the year of our lord 2100. 

What the times piece did not discuss was Albedo, a prime driver as to why GW is accelerating beyond anything researchers could have predicted just a few years ago.

When looking at this striking image of an ice berg calving from the King Baudouin Ice Shelf, one readily sees the tremendous difference in the albedo from ice to water whereby the Antarctic, like the Arctic, will gradually become a heat sink due to the continual melting of the sea ice caused by global warming. Calving is a normal event but the decreased albedo on both poles is quietly disconcerting to say the least. 

Hate to say this but BRT was on this a year prior to the Times. 

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