Climate Change. Antartica & Icebergs near New Zealand

Climate change-With all the attention that we as individuals, the media, Government’s and more importantly Scientist’s grapple with ways in which to deal with climate change. One would think that further evidence would not be needed for the climate change sceptics who seem to continue to look for ways to delay action. Action that you would think that are also in their best interests given they have to live in the world also.

In recent weeks in Australia there have been numerous heat waves even though we are still in Spring. Record temperatures have been recorded and already fire crews have been at full stretch tackling bush fires even though we have yet to enter the summer season.

Something which caught my attention yesterday hidden in the news sections is a flotilla of icebergs is making good speed toward the south-eastern tip of New Zealand’s(NZ) South Island.
A number exceeding 130 Icebergs, some are more than several kilometres long, may be visible from the hills or even the beaches on the Otago coastline near Dunedin by the end of the week, according to NZ government oceanographer Dr Mike Williams.

The Icebergs, remnants of a several huge tabular or flat-topped bergs that broke off the Antarctic ice shelves between 2000 and 2002, have already passed Macquarie Island, where some came close to its shores earlier this month.
They are being tracked by Australia’s Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC in Hobart, which has posted detailed maps of the berg cluster down to less than 200 metres across above the water, or to the limit of satellite resolution.

The iceberg was thought to be part of a large, 30 sq km (11.6 sq miles) iceberg, which carved from the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica nearly a decade ago. Since then it has travelled further north and continues to break up.

However, as the bergs further disintegrate, they spawn multitudes of satellite-invisible bergs, some more than 10 metres across, which are very hazardous to shipping and have led to maritime iceberg warnings for the parts of the Southern Ocean where they are rarely seen.
This time the icebergs are expected by NZ authorities to exceed the spectacle caused in 2006 when the first mainland sightings since 1931 were recorded from high hills near Dunedin.
The November 2006 bergs lined the horizon and resolved into an armada of icy towers through binoculars or in close-up to those on chartered sightseeing flights.
Auckland University polar scientist Dr Paul Augustinus says the berg outbreaks are unlikely to be related to global warming.
"I wouldn’t like to speculate on the cause," he says "it could relate to a number of factors such as the break-up of a larger iceberg."
And meteorologists say the bergs have been helped in their long voyage north by very cold weather and strong winds affecting the Southern Ocean from Macquarie Island to New Zealand in recent weeks.
Dr Neal Young, a glaciologist with the Australian Antarctic Division, said more than 100 icebergs had been detected in just one cluster in satellite images, but because of extensive cloud cover in the area the real number was uncertain.
"All of these have come from a larger one that was probably close to 20 square kilometres in size when it left Antarctica," he says.
The Australian Antarctic Division has posted a lay person’s guide to the truth about ice losses and gains in Antarctica, which identifies small net contributions to sea level in recent times.
It’s a document likely to disappoint climate-change deniers and proponents alike, in that it doesn’t support any of the headline-grabbing claims made either side of the populist debate.

Whilst the movement and breaking up of Ice sheets from the Antarctic have not yet shown a causal relationship between that and Global warming. Common sense would tell you that this is another indicator that global warming is real and not just another conspiracy theory.

 

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barryrutherford 3 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for your comment now the latest IPCC Report further confirms this..


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

This is undoubtedly a real problem. I wrote about global warming, as well. I included my own observations. We can't get any more real about it. You did very well on this piece.


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Universal Laws 6 years ago from UNIVERSE

The issue is not whether our planets climate is changing it is whether it is man made!!!!!!!!

Why do people keep using this argument that those who do not believe it is man made do not believe it is happening. This is propaganda big time taken from the lying world press controlled by the shadow governments.

This earth planets climate is changing. But so are the climates of every planet in our solar system. Do I need to say more???? Please do the research as to what is happening in a wider sphere around our planet as well then you will understand what we are going through and it is not to do with whether we burn fossil fuels or use our cars.

This is the real information above that your government does not want you to know. As usual they have set two factions of the public against each other the ones who so call believe it is man made and those that dont and then litter the pathway with dis information which you have re -written in this blog.

I know it is not man made but I also know that the climate is changing, here in UK we have just gone through one of the coldest winters I have ever experienced, and in previous summers we have had extremes there too but it is not us doing it!

Being informed is everything and it will be even more important as we travel forward towards even bigger changes that are known about by the elite, get informed and therefore prepared.

Namaste

linda at UNIVERSAL LAWS


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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Scheng1

The developing Countries Govt's do not have the money to spend on Carbon emissions abatement. Given that it is the Multinational power companies and the motor and oil industries that have done the dame so far; they ask why should we !


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apricot 6 years ago from Italy

Hi again barryrutherford! I appreciate you allowing my comment on your hub - I was afraid you might be put out! I've just finished my hub and as I've said to others - if my manner is brash in places (it shouldn't be though) please don't be offended. (It may also be connected to the fact that I was up all night writing it!)

All the best!


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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

apricot thank you I look forward to it !


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apricot 6 years ago from Italy

I'm also glad that you're spreading a postive message on caring for the planet. There's just one thing I don't agree with you on however. I don't believe in Global Warming. It's only recently that my eyes have been opened but the fact is, I'm someone who cares very much for the planet and will carry on this way. My only fear is that the lies (as I see them) that have been spread will bring about a negative attitude towards caring for the Earth. That's why I'm glad to read articles like yours. But please don't get the impression that the sceptics are people who don't care about the planet - it's not the case at all. A lot of them care in particular about humanity because they're against people being lied to for the benefit of a few. I'm going to write an article in the next few days explaining my reasons for not believing in Global Warming in full and you're quite welcome to read it. In the meantime, go on like this! The more positive messages there are on caring for the planet, the better - regardless of everything else!


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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Well the governments are not the ones that have polluted it is the power agencies that have made and continue to make massive profits without considering the environment until recent decades. Not they need to replace those power supplies with renewable less polluting forms of power generation from some of those profits they made !


scheng1 6 years ago

The problem is that green project needs money. The governments in many developing countries are not willing to spend money on tackling climatic change.


Pussycat Dollen 6 years ago

A major issue with climate change (which IS happening with or without fizzy drinks) is the science of climate study is bankrupted by too many conflicting interests. The left wing exploit the collective hysteria whilst the right wing, rail against 'climate communism'. Meanwhile scientists find their research conclusions being written by eager to please anyone politicians who have no interest in really saving the planet.


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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

I and many others would say it is better to start replacing coal fired power stations now with renewables gas,geothermal,wind and nuclear given there is sucha long lead time beofre they are upand running !


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OpinionDuck 6 years ago

Barry

On the plus side, icebergs can be harvested for fresh water.


Hxprof 6 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

barryrutherford, I agree that the emails are a 'selective group', but they are nontheless damning. I'm not sure what can be so frustrating about presenting a rock-solid case for man-made global warming-if indeed they believe it to be rock solid.

The findings of climate science are by no means settled. There has been and continues to be growing discontent within the scientific community regards the conclusions of the IPCC.

Going with unsettled science to push nations into economically/socially destablizing policies for the sake of reversing global warming is a disturbing scenario. Far better to let both sides hash it out before we do anything stupid.


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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hxprof

'Climate-gate', the selective use of stolen e-mails from the University of East Anglia, some of which indicate an all too human (and all too common) frustration with the experimental process, received global attention as a desperate attempt to undermine the fundamental findings of climate science.


Hxprof 6 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

Global warming seems to be a real phenomenon, but what is causing it remains 'up in the air'. There are 31,000 American scientists who disagree that humans are causing this. There are many non-American scientists who don't buy into man-made warming either, including some who signed on to the original IPCC report and have since recanted or claimed their 'support' was misconstrued.

The emails are damning. If they'd been written by those working to counter man-made global warming I'd be rethinking MY postition.


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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Pussycat Doll thanks for your dry (ice!) humour !


Pussycat Dollen 6 years ago

Pehaps the last time bergs were off New Zealand was a 1000 years ago, when global temperatures were 0.75C warmer than now. This was caused by Knights driving SUVs on their Crusade to the Holly Land. It's true because the University Of East Anglia made up those numbers as well.

I suggest you grab some blue ice and put it in the freezer - and then use it in your drinks next summer.


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Miss Nasreen 6 years ago

You provide VERY GOOD information so nice to meet you

They are being tracked by Australia’s Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC in Hobart, which has posted detailed maps of the berg cluster down to less than 200 metres across above the water, or to the limit of satellite resolution.


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LaVieja 6 years ago from London

I thought your article was very well written, and I do agree with you. Love the pictures!


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barryrutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Indeed thanks for your comments. The right wing deniers are saying there is no proof it is to do with climate change. But wouldnt intuition & common sense tell one otherwise ?


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Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

These must make quite an awesome sight as they progress past the shoreline, and they must also be a cause for concern for all marine traffic. Thanks for posting.


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William R. Wilson 7 years ago from Knoxville, TN

Interesting stuff. I agree with you on the general, common sense conclusion that this is related to global warming - although of course how can we know for sure?

I heard that some people are planning to hold a Burning Man type festival on the largest of the icebergs, known as B17B.

Thanks for the link to the Australian Antarctic Division document - that will be helpful to me as I write my next hub!


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barryrutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Vrajavala: Here is a rebuttal for the climate change sceptics and denyers and those not sure. http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2766216.h...


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barryrutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

I have read the links to the blogs Vrajavala. The protest staged by a few protesters in a book store attended by Al Gore

tells me nothing other than they don't belief in what he has to say.


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vrajavala 7 years ago from Port St. Lucie

well I don't think that Myron Ebell is an unimportant climatologist. Unfortunately, people like Al Gore have no credibility, simply because they have too much invested in stocks that will benefit. Plus if you study the Russian scientists are predicting a new Ice Age.


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barryrutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

I read the blog & thankyou for the post. I agree the emails now they have been hacked into need further public explanation. However there are hundreds of scientists around the world that have been doing independent research for decades. Only now the sceptics are trying to denegrate the science without doing the science themselves.


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barryrutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

I have been paying attention and I have heard an Australian Expert Tim Flannery explain on television those emails.


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vrajavala 7 years ago from Port St. Lucie

Barry, I think youhaven't. Been paying attention, last week, a hacker broke into cru and found 61 mb of incriminating emails thAt showthat global wArming was A big hoax


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

You struck a chord in me with your last three pics. This really is awful. Thanks for sharing this with all of us. I hope more and more people will read this.

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