Scientists have recently learned and reported that the near record-high sea ice levels near Antarctica don’t mean that global warming is not a factor at play. In fact, scientists believe the opposite is true.
Last month, on September 20th the ice level peaked at 7.78 million square miles. The 2014 level shattered the previous record which was set just a year ago in 2013. While scientists are not sure what the exact meaning behind the record levels, they do know a few other things.
For example, ice on the Antarctic land is shrinking at a much quicker rate than previously thought. In fact, it’s shrinking on land at a near record pace. That combined with the fact that up north, in the Arctic the opposite is occurring. While the ice in the south waters grows at a record clip, it’s shrinking in the north waters at a record clip.
One theory that’s been circulating is that this is the result of shifting weather patterns. For example, colder air may be getting pushed over the waters of the Antarctic. And it’s not just a simple matter of the north and south offsetting each other, either.
It’s not a simple issue. It’s a very complex one. It’s an issue that is going to require a lot of thought and a lot of research into the happenings and the trends. Those trends have changed, and overall, this is a matter of vast importance to the global community.
The largest takeaway from the research and the remarks were made that the best answer scientists have right now is simply that the North and South poles are the most extreme places on earth. Furthermore, they are the most extreme differences on earth. Any issues, any changes, any climate anomalies, will be felt in the greatest proportion there, rather than in the middle of the earth where the extremes are less noticeable.
Much of this comes back to the logic that many have tried to convey for some time. Global warming isn’t a matter of extremes, or a matter of swift – and well-defined changes to our overall climate. Instead, climate change – or global warming – is the middle, or the average – changing.
In essence, change the average of the planet – and you’ve effectively changed the entire planet – no matter how the extremes on the northern or southern ends behave.