Cornell University’s Greenland ice melt hype

Watts Up With That?

From Cornell University and the Department of Inflated Headlines come this misleading claim that really should be anything new, and certainly not “groundbreaking” as they claim in this press released. After all, the tops of glaciers have been melting in the summer and making runoff meltwater which finds its way to the bottom of glaciers through natural crevices for millions of years. This is nothing but hype to make it seem “worse than we thought”.

Atmospheric warming heats the bottom of ice sheets, as well as the top

This is an example of a supraglacial lake and rivers on the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet. The water flows down a hole (a moulin) in to the ice sheet in the center right. Credit Thomas Nylen, NSF, 2007 This is an example of a supraglacial lake and rivers on the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet. The water flows down a hole (a moulin) in to the ice sheet in the center right. Credit Thomas Nylen, NSF, 2007

ITHACA, N.Y. – A team of scientists led by Cornell University Earth and Atmospheric Sciences researcher Michael Willis, has published a…

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