Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Poll Analyses
Share on Facebook 10 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
General News   

Melting Ice Sheets Will Worsen Extreme Weather (Scientific American Reports)

Author 4578
Message Stephen Fox
Become a Fan
  (31 fans)

Meltwater from Greenland substantially affects the flow of an ocean current known as the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation. Akin to a gigantic conveyor belt, the AMOC helps ferry warm water from the tropics to the Arctic. It distributes heat around the world gives it a major influence on global weather patterns—the AMOC’s warm-water flow is credited with the mild climate in places like Western Europe. As fresh water pours into the ocean from the melting Greenland ice sheet, it may cause this current to slow down.

We assume an extreme amount of ice melt by the end of the century, enough to raise global sea levels by about 3 feet.  Research indicates that Antarctic glaciers destabilize under high levels of future warming—as ice shelves at the ocean’s edge melt and break apart, entire ice cliffs could collapse and unleash a massive outpouring of ice into the ocean. 

Read the rest of the story HERE:

At www.scientificamerican.com

 

Rate It | View Ratings

Stephen Fox Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Early in the 2016 Primary campaign, I started a Facebook group: Bernie Sanders: Advice and Strategies to Help Him Win! As the primary season advanced, we shifted the focus to advancing Bernie's legislation in the Senate, particularly the most (more...)
 

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

To View Comments or Join the Conversation: