Study: Antarctica melts if all fossil fuels burn
By Justin Gillis, New York Times
Burning all the world’s deposits of coal, oil and natural gas would raise the temperature enough to melt the entire ice sheet covering Antarctica, driving the level of the sea up by more than 160 feet, scientists reported Friday.
In a major surprise to the scientists, they found that half the melting could occur in as little as a thousand years, causing the ocean to rise by something on the order of a foot per decade, roughly 10 times the rate at which it is rising now. Such a pace would almost certainly throw human society into chaos, forcing a rapid retreat from the world’s coastal cities.
The rest of the earth’s land ice would melt along with Antarctica, and warming ocean waters would expand, so that the total rise of the sea would likely exceed 200 feet, the scientists said.
Oh those pesky scientists….thank god Jesus is gonna save us all!!!
Cue the loonies in 3..2..1…
What a bunch hog wash — I can say that because no one of us will be here when it happens.
David, are you one of those “if a tree falls in the forest and no-one is there to hear it then it doesn’t make a sound” people?
Ignoring the fact that most animals have ears, of course.
Wasn’t Acid Rain going to kill 85% of forests in North America by 2010? They type of reports are not studied under realist conditions nor do they factor in advancements in science. Think about the premise. We have bigger problems if we burn all the oil, gas and coal deposits on earth. Scientists are shocked by the findings?