Miracles happen. You wake up one day, lazily scan the science news on the BBC website, expecting the usual climate alarmist drivel and then suddenly it hits you – bang! A bolt from the blue:
You hastily put your morning cuppa down and do a double-take and then you read some more and you start wondering if either the journalist or the editor was ill that day. But no, it seem that this is a legitimate piece of BBC science journalism which flatly and bluntly refutes any role at all for anthropogenic climate change in recent Antarctic ice changes. No ifs, no buts – it was all natural.
When a giant iceberg breaks away from near Britain’s Halley research base, it won’t be because of climate change.
As soon as the calving does occur, though, it can be guaranteed that one of the first questions everyone will ask is: what was the influence of climate change?
And the Northumbria University team believes it will be able to answer with high confidence: “There was none.”
“There is no indication from oceanographic or atmospheric data that the climate is changing in the Brunt area,” Dr De Rydt told BBC News.
“Our ocean observations are limited but whatever we have doesn’t indicate anything unusual; and our model shows that what we are seeing can be perfectly explained by natural changes in the geometry of the ice shelf.”
*Reaches for smelling salts*