Headline: 'Antarctica's Ice Loss Helps Offset Global Warming'
A British study has found a new area of sea off the coast of Antarctica, supposedly caused by global warming, that is soaking up carbon dioxide climate alarmists like Al Gore and his media minions believe is responsible for -- wait for it! -- global warming.
You really can't make this stuff up!
Professor Lloyd Peck, a near-shore marine biologist from the British Antarctic Survey, marvelously said about the find, "It shows nature's ability to thrive in the face of adversity."
With obviously little fanfare, this supports the view of much-maligned climate realists who maintain that fluctuations in global temperatures are largely cyclical, and that nature typically balances such changes over the course of time.
As Agence France-Presse reported Tuesday:
Scientists led by Lloyd Peck of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) said that atmospheric and ocean carbon is being gobbled up by microscopic marine plants called phytoplankton, which float near the surface.
After absorbing the carbon through the natural process of photosynthesis, the phytoplankton are eaten, or otherwise die and sink to the ocean floor. [...]Over the last 50 years, around 24,000 square kilometres (9,200 square miles) of new open water have been created this way, and swathes of it are now colonised by phytoplankton, Peck's team reports in a specialist journal, Global Change Biology.
Despite this being minute in comparison to the supposedly deadly carbon dioxide released by man's awful use of fossil fuels, "it is nevertheless an important discovery" according to Peck:
"It shows nature's ability to thrive in the face of adversity.
Something else of note was AFP recognizing that ice melting at the poles doesn't result in rising sea levels:
"We need to factor this natural carbon absorption into our calculations and models to predict future climate change," he said in a BAS press release.
"So far, we don't know if we will see more events like this around the rest of Antarctica's coast, but it's something we'll be keeping an eye on."
The Antarctic ice shelves do not add to sea levels when they melt. Like the Arctic ice cap, they float on the sea and thus displace their own volume.
Maybe someone should tell Nobel Laureate Al Gore and all his scientifically-challenged sycophants in the media this, although it's doubtful such facts would interfere with them continuing to spread the junk science making the former Vice President a very rich man.