The end of the world will be the floods when all the ice melts, right?
East of Dublin 8 will be like Venice, or worse. Trouble is, the headlines go to the melt area
but not the Antartic, which is much bigger. The Arctic has very little land underneath so it won't stay white as easily as a cold spot with lots of land underneath - like Antarctica.
Antarctic sea ice had barely changed from where it was 100 years ago, scientists have discovered, after poring over the logbooks of great polar explorers such as Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton.
Experts were concerned that ice at the South Pole had declined significantly since the 1950s, which they feared was driven by man-made climate change.
But new analysis suggests that conditions are now virtually identical to when the Terra Nova and Endurance sailed to the continent in the early 1900s, indicating that declines are part of a natural cycle and not the result of global warming.
Scott and Shackleton logbooks prove Antarctic sea ice is not shrinking 100 years after expeditions
This is the problem, we don't have enough data yet to say what is a "natural cycle" and what is recent, man-made and irreversible. Obviously it's often a bit of both. I'm not a climate denier but I'd like percentages.
If we're paying 1,000s a year each to support the EPA, and the EPA says we are emitting less CO2 than in 1990, then I don't see why we as an island / state / group of hominids should have to bust a gut to do even more. Unless it is all to sell new taxes, grants and jobs for the boys?