According to the new article, “Antarctic Sea Ice Hits Record … High?” from National Geographic, Antartica has actually gained new ice! So much ice, in fact, that in late September, it was breaking records! Let’s see what the author, Daniel Stone, actually had to say about it:
“Despite frequent headlines about a warming planet, melting sea ice, and rising oceans, climate analysts pointed to a seeming bright spot this week: During Southern Hemisphere winters, sea ice in the Antarctic, the floating chunks of frozen ocean water, is actually increasing.
In fact, in late September, satellite data indicated that Antarctica was surrounded by the greatest area of sea ice ever recorded in the region: 7.51 million square miles (19.44 million square kilometers), the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center announced Thursday. Even so, it’s a slow rate of growth—about one percent over last year—not nearly enough to offset melting in the Arctic, which broke records just weeks ago.
National Geographic asked Eric Rignot, a NASA researcher and earth systems professor at UC Irvine, whether the data is good news, and what it means for the rise of global sea levels, which are fueled by melting ice.”
Sounds great and awesome and Woo! Yeah! We are good to go! Haha. Not exactly. We are all so caught up on the Global Warming aspect of our future, but have we ever thought of the effects of the world cooling? Entering another ice age? At this point, really anything could happen. The quote says that this record breaking gaining of ice in Antarctica doesn’t even come close to offsetting the Arctic’s ice melting this year. So… what’s going on?
According to NASA researcher and Earth systems professor, Eric Rignot, Global Warming is still rearing it’s ugly head and heating our earth, but some places might just be a little slow at catching on. We have this idea that our entire earth is warming uniformly and always doing so, but we forget about our flipped seasons in the Southern (or Northern depending where you are) hemisphere. Also, we need to keep in mind that we probably haven’t experienced cold like Antarctica, but I can guess it’s probably a good bit cooler than here at the coldest of times. Let’s take another look at the issue then, shall we? Right now, Antarctica is technically still in winter- well it was when the data was collected- and it’s at the very least 50 degrees colder than what we are used to. Plus, as the temperature difference increases, the Antarctic winds are moving a little bit faster, which, of course, makes it colder. So… Antarctica’s got some catching up to do… Should we be relieved or still plan for the worst? You may want to go with the latter because we are definitely still heating up, and I don’t think any of us are making plans to move to Antarctica just because Global Warming may be slower there. So again we are back to our gigantic, crazy important question; it’s your choice, have fun making the wise decision.