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What will global-warming deniers say about this?

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One of the advantages of believing in the scientific consensus regarding global warming and climate change is that you’re easily and often amused by the silly arguments advanced by folks who say the consensus is wrong.

Take, for example, the big news reported just hours ago in The New York Times:

A chunk of floating ice that weighs more than a trillion metric tons broke away from the Antarctic Peninsula, producing one of the largest icebergs ever recorded and providing a glimpse of how the Antarctic ice sheet might ultimately start to fall apart.

Mind you, I’m not saying that this situation is solid evidence of global warming. As The Times itself reports:

Some climate scientists believe the warming in the region was at least in part a consequence of human-caused climate change, while others have disputed that, seeing a large role for natural variability — and noting that icebergs have been breaking away from ice shelves for many millions of years. But the two camps agree that the breakup of ice shelves in the peninsula region may be a preview of what is in store for the main part of Antarctica as the world continues heating up as a result of human activity.

While it might not be caused by global warming, it’s at least a natural laboratory to study how breakups will occur at other ice shelves to improve the theoretical basis for our projections of future sea level rise,’ said Thomas P. Wagner, who leads NASA’s efforts to study the polar regions.

But, while there’s no clear consensus among scientists as yet on whether this big iceberg (it’s the size of Delaware)  was spawned by global warning, there’s probably already a unanimity of opinion among the reliable deniers. They’re going to say it’s no big deal — or at least has nothing to do with climate change.

If further reliable research supports the deniers’ argument in this case, we’ll probably never hear the end of it.  Donald Trump likely will declare a holiday.  And foolish pronouncements by the booboisie will shower down upon us in huge gales. But it won’t change the big picture. The reality of global warming does not pivot on poll results among the general populace. And foolish pronouncements by the ill-informed are of little serious value.

You see, one of the great advantages of siding with the majority of scientists on climate matters is that the people who want to argue with you on this issue almost invariably are peddling nonsense.

If it eventually turns out that I’ve been wrong and the deniers have been right, I’ll be glad to admit my error.

But I’m getting pretty old, and it doesn’t look like the scientific tables will be turned before my demise.

In short,  it  seems that I’m in the proverbial cat-bird seat on this matter.

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  1. Steverino

    It’s floating towards Mar-a-Lago.

  2. Wilson

    Since the CFC ban, which reduced\removed the Ozone Hole
    https://ozonewatch.gsfc.nasa.gov/statistics/ytd_data.txt
    # TOMS and OMI data
    # Missing data filled from NASA GMAO MERRA and GEOS5 FP
    # Southern Hemisphere
    # Maximum of daily ozone hole area
    # Minimum of daily minimum ozone
    Ozone Hole Area Minimum Ozone
    Date Value Date Value
    Year (YYMM) (mil km2) (YYMM) (DU)
    —- —— ——— —— —–
    1979 0917 1.1 0917 194.0
    1980 0921 3.3 1016 192.0
    1981 1010 3.1 1010 195.0
    1982 1002 10.8 1102 170.0
    1983 1017 12.2 1006 154.0
    1984 0924 14.7 1003 144.0
    1985 1003 18.8 1024 124.0
    1986 1006 14.4 1006 140.0
    1987 0929 22.5 1005 109.0
    1988 0920 13.8 0930 162.0
    1989 1003 21.7 1007 108.0
    1990 0919 21.1 1005 111.0
    1991 1004 22.6 1006 94.0
    1992 0927 24.9 1011 105.0
    1993 0919 25.8 0925 104.0
    1994 0930 25.2 0930 73.0
    1996 0907 26.9 1005 103.0
    1997 0927 25.1 0924 99.0
    1998 0919 27.9 1006 86.0
    1999 0915 25.8 0929 97.0
    2000 0909 29.9 0929 89.0
    2001 0917 26.5 0922 91.0
    2002 0919 21.9 0920 131.0
    2003 0924 28.4 0926 91.0
    2004 0922 22.8 1004 102.0
    2005 0911 27.2 0930 103.0
    2006 0924 29.6 1008 84.0
    2007 0913 25.2 0924 108.0
    2008 0912 27.0 1004 101.0
    2009 0917 24.4 0926 97.0
    2010 0925 22.6 1001 119.0
    2011 0912 26.1 1008 95.0
    2012 0922 21.1 1001 124.0
    2013 0916 24.0 0929 116.0
    2014 0911 24.1 0930 114.0
    2015 1002 28.2 1004 101.0
    2016 0928 23.0 1001 114.0

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