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Thursday, November 5, 2015

NASA: Antarctic Gaining More Ice Than Losing

Ever since Al Gore claimed more than a decade ago that “global warming” has been melting the polar ice caps, actual scientific studies have been released proving the exact opposite to be true: the ice caps have been growing, not shrinking.

I mentioned a few years ago how a NASA study revealed that the Arctic ice caps have increased by 60 percent within the course of one year. Now, another NASA study shows similar events in the Antarctic, which has been gaining more ice than it has lost overall, and has actually been offsetting rising sea levels:

A new NASA study says that an increase in Antarctic snow accumulation that began 10,000 years ago is currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the increased losses from its thinning glaciers.

The research challenges the conclusions of other studies, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 2013 report, which says that Antarctica is overall losing land ice.

According to the new analysis of satellite data, the Antarctic ice sheet showed a net gain of 112 billion tons of ice a year from 1992 to 2001. That net gain slowed   to 82 billion tons of ice per year between 2003 and 2008.

…This small thickening, sustained over thousands of years and spread over the vast expanse of these sectors of Antarctica, corresponds to a very large gain of ice – enough to outweigh the losses from fast-flowing glaciers in other parts of the continent and reduce global sea level rise.

“…Antarctica is not currently contributing to sea level rise, but is taking 0.23 millimeters per year away,” Zwally said. “But this is also bad news. If the 0.27 millimeters per year of sea level rise attributed to Antarctica in the IPCC report is not really coming from Antarctica, there must be some other contribution to sea level rise that is not accounted for.”
Isn’t it rather ironic how global warming alarmists call their opponents “deniers” when they are the ones in denial of the actual scientific evidence? Already, the real climate change “deniers” have been in denial mode over the new study—and sadly, they have the mainstream media to push their denial.