Pat Shingleton: "A Big Meltdown"
The New York Times reports that large portions of the West Antarctica Ice Sheet is collapsing at an irreversible trend. Scientists report that climate change is once again the culprit. Two studies found that naturally occurring warm water is being advanced upward toward the ice sheet as stronger winds blow into the Antarctica region. This combination is creating a potentially catastrophic instability. Scientists predict this scenario could result into a meltdown of the sheet into the Southern Ocean in the next 200 to 900 years. Climate change may have increased the intensification of winds around the Antarctic region. Many researchers believe this trend is unalterable and increases in global sea levels of up to 16 feet are expected.