Antarctica ‘Naturally’ Calves Massive Iceberg; Alarmists Blame Climate Change

Al Gore was just one of the climate alarmists to link a recent iceberg calving to “the climate crisis.” The Guardian blamed climate change even before the massive iceberg A-68 broke off from the Larsen C ice shelf.

Gore tweeted “The Larsen C ice shelf has broken away from Antarctica, a jarring reminder of why we must solve the climate crisis” on July 12. Scientists studying the ice shelf said the opposite.

On June 12, a month before the ice shelf created an iceberg the size of Delaware, The Guardian claimed it “hammers home reality of climate change.” Even after admitting there was scientific disagreement about causation, Dr. John Abraham insisted in his Guardian column “we should assume that human-caused warming is having an effect.”

It’s typical of the former vice president and the liberal news media to not let facts stand in the way of a good story — or global warming alarmism. What Gore didn’t tweet were the inconvenient remarks of scientists who have been watching the glacier closely for a long time.

Scientists with Project MIDAS watched the rift in Larsen C ice shelf of the Antarctic Peninsula grow overtime and although they expressed concerns about what it means about the stability of the overall ice shelf — they specifically refused to connect it to manmade climate change.

Swansea University glaciologist Dr. Martin O’Leary of MIDAS called it “a natural event” and admitted “we’re not aware of any link to human-induced climate change”

But Gore wasn’t alone in his climate hype over the massive iceberg. The liberal Washington Post which has defended biased coverage of climate change made sure to indicate it could be climate change by saying, “there is a debate” over the matter, instead of quoting O’Leary’s statement. After quoting one scientist who said the cause was “unclear,” the Post turned to NASA’s Eric Rignot who “is convinced of a climate role.”

Rignot insisted, “For me, there is no doubt that this event is not part of a natural cycle.”

Climate Central spun the new iceberg as “mostly” natural, even though that’s not what Project MIDAS experts said. They also quoted Rignot who blamed human-induced warming. CNN.com reported that “scientists have been exploring if climate change may have played a role in expediting the rift,” before admitting the MIDAS team hadn’t found evidence of human-caused global warming.

Even before it broke off, left-wing site Common Dreams wrote that it and 350.org were trying to link the iceberg “to the activities of fossil fuel companies,” and calling for the U.S. National ice Center to “name the Larsen C iceberg #ExxonKnew.”

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Wire service AFP downplayed and buried expertise regarding this being a “natural event.” They reported, “The calving of ice shelves occurs naturally, though global warming is believed to have accelerated the process.”

Actress Bette Midler was afraid people wouldn’t know about the iceberg, so she tweeted, “I know you missed the TRILLION TON ICEBERG THAT BROKE AWAY FROM THE ANCTARTIC PENINSULA BECAUSE ALL THE NEWS IS ALL #TRUMP ALL THE TIME!!” [SIC]

Surprisingly, the BBC and Bustle were outlets which did not join the alarmism. The BBC said other shelves probably were related to “a warming climate,” “But Larsen C today does not look like its siblings.”

"Most glaciologists are not particularly alarmed by what's going on at Larsen C, yet. It's business as usual," Professor Helen Fricker of Scripps Institution of Oceanography told BBC News.

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