“I can’t figure out what the heck this writer is saying,” says reader. “What does this mean?”
“In Southern Hemisphere winter months, ice extent has increased by around one percent per decade. In the summer, ice has increased by two to three percent per decade, but the variation is larger than the trend.”
and then this:
“….. average Antarctic sea ice extent has stayed the same or even grown slightly.”
and then throws in this:
“These continental ice areas are shrinking and therefore contributing to sea level rise. Stammerjohn said, “Though it is true that, on average, Antarctic sea ice is not changing, or even slightly increasing, the overall average hides a very large regional decrease that could have global consequences.”
ice melting is causing the sea’s to rise but Antarctica’s ice is actually growing? it’s the melting causing the rise in sea levels as the ice increases on average by 1% in winter and 2-3% in summer per decade??? ….what am I saying…what am I reading???
Robert, what’s going on here?
Three of their sentences pretty much tell the story.
- “Overall, Antarctic sea ice has grown slightly over the past thirty years.”
- “In Southern Hemisphere winter months, ice extent has increased by around one percent per decade.”
- “In the summer, ice has increased by two to three percent per decade.”
I think the rest of the words are designed to cover that up. You’re not nearly as confused as they’d like you to be.