Climate Change: A startling claim has been made by the European Space Agency. It says that loss of ice in the West Antarctic has caused a shift in Earth's gravity. So are polar bears about to drown or fly off into space?
Based on measurements from a European Space Agency's satellite, researchers have said that so much ice loss has occurred in West Antarctica that there's been a decline in Earth's gravitational pull in the region.
Although the researchers assure us the gravity's loss from November 2009 to June 2012 is too small to actually cause things to levitate into space, it's cited as one more example of the impact of so-called man-made global warming.
Climate-change zealots seem obsessed with the West Antarctic ice sheet, which holds less than 10% of the continent's ice . The 2004 science fiction movie "The Day After Tomorrow" opened with a portion of the sheet shearing off as a prelude to planetary doom.
But on Sept. 25, 2013, the Washington Post reported that Antarctic sea ice had grown to a record extent for the second straight year — some 19.51 million square kilometers. In June of this year, the Post noted a possible new record ice extent is "part of a puzzling 33-year trend in increasing sea ice around Antarctica."
Meanwhile, Dr. Don J. Easterbrook, a geology professor at Western Washington University, has pointed out that the East Antarctic sheet, which holds about 90% of the world's fresh water, is not melting, but expanding.
We're reminded of the ironic plight of the Russian-flagged research vessel, which, filled with climate scientists, got stuck in an Antarctic ice sheet so thick that early attempts at breaking through the ice to free them failed. In a statement only climate-change diehards could make, the researchers said "sea ice is disappearing due to climate change, but here ice is building up."
Gravity, like global temperatures and sea ice, is not really a constant but varies across the globe. And it is not in jeopardy either.
Among the other problems recently blamed on global warming is the rise of the Islamic State. This was explained in "How Climate Change Helped ISIS," published in September in the Huffington Post.
So climate change is now responsible for gravity loss and terrorism. We are awaiting word on Ebola.
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