The Melting Greenland Ice Sheet

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently released news about a massive ice melt in Greenland:

The melting spread quickly. Melt maps derived from the three satellites showed that on July 8, about 40 percent of the ice sheet’s surface had melted. By July 12, 97 percent had melted.

This extreme melt event coincided with an unusually strong ridge of warm air, or a heat dome, over Greenland. The ridge was one of a series that has dominated Greenland’s weather since the end of May. “Each successive ridge has been stronger than the previous one,” said Mote. This latest heat dome started to move over Greenland on July 8, and then parked itself over the ice sheet about three days later. By July 16, it had begun to dissipate.

Needless to say many progressive environmentalists have been proclaiming this as proof of man-made global warming and that we are in the end times. What these so-called environmentalists failed to do was read the entire article because it came with the following disclaimer:

“Ice cores from Summit show that melting events of this type occur about once every 150 years on average. With the last one happening in 1889, this event is right on time,” says Lora Koenig, a Goddard glaciologist and a member of the research team analyzing the satellite data. “But if we continue to observe melting events like this in upcoming years, it will be worrisome.”

It’s not the end of the world, just a predictable cycle that plays itself out every 150 years. Progressive environmentalists remind me of gun control advocates in that they try to stir up peoples’ emotions instead of relying on evidence and reasoning. When NASA announced this the progressive environmentalists jumped on it and started explaining to anybody who would listen that this is definitive proof that man-made global warming is upon us. They either missed or purposely ignored the disclaimer indicating this event was expected and indicates nothing insidious.