Between 60 and 90 percent of the world’s fresh water is frozen in the ice sheets of Antarctica, a continent roughly the size of the United States and Mexico combined. If all that ice melted, it would be enough to raise the world’s sea levels by roughly 200 feet.
The article goes on to point out that the rate at which Antarctica has diminished has tripled since 2007. Quoting scientists, The Times states that the ice melting is so rapid that it will result in sea levels rising six inches by the year 2100.
Additionally, The New York Times further reveals that Greenland’s ice is also melting in which the continent lost approximately one trillion tons of ice between 2011 and 2014. Being that the Gray Lady tends to lean to the Left in its politics, it is no surprise that the article lays blame at the feet of human activity as the cause of ice depreciation and sea level rise, accepting the Nature article’s conclusion as gospel.
However, a more plausible explanation for ice loss on both continents is found at WattsUpWithThat?. I had the opportunity to review the text of the Nature manuscript The New York Times cites and did not see a key element that can be essential to explaining ice level depreciation on the continents in question: volcanoes.
The WUWT author’s post is, admittedly, an opinion essay but Ronald Volsin is an engineer and he presents good points to make his case. Using the maps of Greenland and Antarctica is among the proof provided at Ronald Volsin’s essay, in which they line up almost perfectly with the Nature study’s areas that are said to be affected. Volcanoes located in Antarctica and Greenland have been known for years but, for some reason, seem to have been absent from many scientific studies related to climate change, this being one of them.
By the time 2100 rolls around a lot can change between now and then as Earth’s climate is always changing. Furthermore, not only is our planet’s climate resilient, humans are very capable at adapting to changing environments very quickly as our evolution and history show. In short, there is very little human beings can do to prevent ocean levels rising but increased carbon emissions in the atmosphere means more plant growth and that means life can sustain itself better. But that, ultimately, is what environmentalists don’t want to happen.