As if any additional proof were needed that global warming is not a vast left-wing conspiracy, here is an additional data point for the few remaining skeptics. A massive chunk of Antarctic ice—described as "about seven times the size of Manhattan"—suddenly collapses and puts "an even greater portion of glacial ice at risk."
Rare video footage and satellite imagery document the dramatic event. The disintegration of the 160-square-mile chunk in western Antarctica began on February 28. Formerly, this was the western edge of the Wilkins Ice Shelf and has been there for hundreds, possibly up to 1,500 years. Scientists say that over the past 50 years, the western Antarctic Peninsula "has experienced the biggest temperature increase on Earth, rising by 0.5 degree Celsius (0.9 degree Fahrenheit) per decade."
The remainder of the Wilkins ice shelf—which is about the size of Connecticut—"is holding on by a narrow beam of thin ice. Scientists worry that it too may collapse. Larger, more dramatic ice collapses occurred in 2002 and 1995."
Antarctic Ice Shelf Disintegration Underscores a Warming World [Climate Progress]
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