14 February 2016

Hot, cold, hot, cold...

The best way to start this post will be a good cliche. So here it is: there is less vitriol, politics and public ignorance in all other branches of science together than in climate-related sciences. So there, I am done with the cliche part, now we can go to the whys of this post. Simple - another mind-numbing CNN article: 150,000 penguins perish after giant iceberg traps colony. It starts with really sad news:
About 150,000 penguins have died since being stranded by a vast iceberg that became lodged off the coast of Antarctica six years ago, according to the journal Antarctic Science.
The reason for the demise of penguins is described quite succinctly:
Combined with expanding ice, the B09B iceberg, which at 1,120 square miles is almost the size of Rhode Island, has cut off the Adelie penguins' food supply and changed the landscape of their home, according to a February report in the peer-reviewed journal published by Cambridge University Press.
The ending of the article, however, is quite surprising:
Deglaciation, the gradual melting of glaciers, is a key driver in the Adelie penguins' population over a millennium, according to scientists.
Yep. Tell it to B09B...

While there are enough worrying signs from Arctic, where the ice is melting with increasing speed indeed, the Antarctic is going the other way, its ice cover increasing at a good clip.

But, as you can see, cliche is stronger than life.