In case you haven’t been paying attention to anything but Kid Rock potentially running for Senate — seriously what the actual fuck — a giant-ass chunk of ice detached from the Antarctic Peninsula yesterday. And when I say “giant-ass” I mean like PEI-sized (approximately 6000 km squared) giant that weighs a trillion tons.
It’s certainly troubling to say the least.
Whether or not this is a direct result of human-caused fuckery (i.e. our obsession with fossil fuels and general destruction of the environment), it is almost certainly a sign of an increase in future ice breakage, which is definitely bad. Further breakage of the ice shelf from which the latest culprit came (known to friends and family as Larsen C) would have a huge impact on sea-level rise — meaning disaster time.
Two smaller, more northern ice shelves on the peninsula, Larsen A and Larsen B, broke free in 1995 and 2002 respectively, so this certainly isn’t the first chunk of ice to go. Larsen C is, however, considerably larger, and scientists believe that the recent rift is only the beginning of the potential breakdown of the enormous (44,200 square km) Larsen C shelf, a process that will most certainly cause increased sea-levels (again — bad.).
So what can we do?
Well, while it’s true that this may not have been directly a result of human-caused global warming, it’s certainly a motivation to reduce temperature increases that will cause any further melting.
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