You may have read about it. Just the other day it happened: “A vast iceberg with twice the volume of Lake Erie” broke off the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica.
I learned that there are actually scientists who study icebergs fulltime, and they’re known as glaciologists. They’re apparently pretty impressed by the size of this berg, but they’re urging us not to worry. Anna Hogg of the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling at the University of Leeds was quoted as saying, “it would be premature to say that this was caused by global warming – much more study needs to be done to determine the cause”. Anna’s glaciologist buddy from Swansea, Martin O’Leary, reassured us that “It was a natural event that wasn’t caused by man-made climate change”.
Well, that’s a relief! And apparently the latest iceberg break “won’t affect sea levels in the short term”. It’s not like dropping an ice cube into your drink on a summer’s day. 1.12 trillion tons of ice will take a year or two to melt – so those of us with coastal properties will have time to stock up on sandbags.
And while we’re kidding ourselves about the absence of a problem in Antarctica, let’s also ignore reports that “the Arctic is now warming at least twice as fast as the rest of the globe.” We care about the threat of global warming, we really do! But as long as it’s just the Inuit tribes of northern Canada who are affected, clearly we don’t need to panic. If Donald Trump’s not worried that “polar sea ice . . . has melted to record lows over the last couple of years” why should I?