One of the major planks of the climate change argument has splintered today with a new scientific study finding no major ice loss in Antarctica over the past 30 years.
The study, published today in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, finds that the world’s largest source of frozen water remains frozen, with no significant ice loss trend between 1979 and 2010.
For sea level to rise substantially by the turn of the century Antarctica has to experience significant melt and ice loss, but according to the study there is no sign of this so far outside of natural fluctuations.
“We found no significant trend in the 1979–2010 ice sheet integrated SMB (surface mass balance) components, which confirms the results from Monaghan et al. . The estimated SMB trend, integrated over the ice sheet, equals 3+/-2 Gt/y^-2,” reports the study.
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