Antarctica made big news this week as NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory released the results of research that suggests that the West Antarctica ice sheet has begun to fall apart due to climate change – and only the most extraordinary circumstances could possibly halt the process.
Waters in the area will increase in temperature at a faster rate, and transfer some of that increased temperature to ice melting on nearby land. The Wilkins Ice Shelf will also no longer serve as a physical block on ice flowing into the sea from the Antarctic continent and islands close by.
How many warnings of an imminent breakup of the Wilkins Ice Shelf should we take seriously?
When I say that we can act now, I’m not talking about executive orders by the President, or legislation passed by the U.S. Congress or state legislatures, though those are important. I’m talking about what everyday people can do.
The Steve Irwin, a Sea Shepherd boat, has tracked down Japanese whaling ships, and is getting ready to do stop the hunt.
Think a week’s worth of seasonal cold might undo all that pesky global warming mess? Put that wishful thinking away in the desk drawer and attend to findings from two NASA scientists. They report that more than 2 trillion tons of land-based ice in Greenland,
Sea Shepherd’s mission is to protect the environmental integrity through “innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas.” They regard the Japanese whale hunt as illegal, and so have sent their new ship, the Steve Irwin, named after the deceased Australian of Crocodile Hunter fame to the Antarctic to harass Japanese ships trying to hunt whales. Two protesters from Sea Shepherd boarded a whaling ship, the Yushin Maru, and were held prisoner there, with plans to transport them to Japan to face charges of piracy.