The Washington Post reports that researchers in Antarctica have discovered “rapidly growing banks of mosses on the ice continent’s northern peninsula, providing striking evidence of climate change in the coldest and most remote parts of the planet.”
Holy cow! How fast is the previously chilly continent turning green? According to the article: “The scientists found two different species of mosses undergoing the equivalent of growth spurts, with mosses that once grew less than a millimeter per year now growing more than 3 millimeters per year on average.” That’s less than a quarter of an inch annually.
Probably wouldn’t pack your golf clubs just yet.
The lead author of the study stated: “Even these relatively remote ecosystems, that people might think are relatively untouched by human kind, are showing the effects of human-induced climate change.”
Less than one percent of Antarctica supports plant life currently, but the researchers believe these parts of the continent “are likely to be getting greener.” Rob DeConto, a glaciologist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who is entirely unconnected to the study, none-the-less opined: “This is another indicator that Antarctica is moving backward in geologic time—which makes sense, considering atmospheric CO2 levels have already risen to levels that the planet hasn’t seen since the Pliocene, 3 million years ago, when the Antarctic ice sheet was smaller, and sea-levels were higher. If greenhouse gas emissions continue unchecked, Antarctica will head even further back in geologic time… perhaps the peninsula will even become forested again someday, like it was during the greenhouse climates of the Cretaceous and Eocene, when the continent was ice-free.”
Talk about “Back to the Future!” Or is it forward, into the past?
Millions of years ago, long before humans (or cows), Antarctica was so warm it was forested? And we’re now worried about moss growing three millimeters per year on a tiny part of the continent??!! CO2 levels- and sea levels- were much higher then than they are now? (It’s too bad Barack Obama wasn’t around at the time).
So, to recap, we “know” that climate change is “human-induced,” and may even take us back to the extremes that existed eons before there were any humans around?
It is difficult to judge which is more insane: leftist dogma, or the morons who believe it.