Global Warming? Or Freezing?

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.

3 responses to “Global Warming? Or Freezing?”

  1. vickyz0017 says :

    It’s great that you bring up global cooling! Your voice totally shines through in the post.

  2. michaelm0017 says :

    I love to see a absolutely opposite side of the world’s climate story. I see that the ice level is at a record high, that is great! I would however like to ask you if you read anywhere about wether scientists think this is just a random cold spike, or an entirely new direction fro earth’s climate.

  3. annah0017 says :

    Fantastic post, Isabelle. However, when I was scanning the latest climate change news to spark an idea for a private blog post, I came across the same issue: Antarctica’s ice level being the highest it’s been in years. When you compare the Antarctic ice levels to the Arctic’s, you discover the Arctic’s level has dropped forty percent. Also, Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center, says, “We have known for many years that as the Earth started to warm up, the effects would be seen first in the Arctic and not the Antarctic. The physical geography of the two hemispheres is very different. Largely as a result of that, they behave very differently… The ozone hole affects the circulation of the atmosphere down there. Because of the ozone hole, the stratosphere above Antarctica is quite cold. Ozone in the stratosphere absorbs UV light, and less absorption [by] ozone makes the stratosphere really cold. This cold air propagates down to the surface by influencing the atmospheric circulation in the Antarctic, and that keeps the sea ice extensive.” Also, your point about the wind and seasons was good.

    On a side note, I LOVED your voice in this (“So again we are back to our gigantic, crazy important question; it’s your choice, have fun making the wise decision”) and the sentence (or rather, part of a sentence): “…Global Warming is still rearing it’s ugly head and heating our earth…”

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