Huge crack in the Antarctic grows by a further six miles

Foreword from Listen To The World

[Jakarta, LttW] Isaac Cordal’s 2011 Berlin exhibition of Follow the leaders is eerie. It showcases a sculpture of what appears to be world leaders meeting under water. These are men in suits, drowning. It makes one wonder what happens to ordinary folks in that world.

The Galician artist is known to showcase climate change-themed art works. That particular exhibition was quite right on the money, as two years prior, government cabinet in the South Asian island nation of Maldives held a meeting underwater. It was a plea to the international world to save their country from drowning due to rising sea levels. The leaders got underwater when they knew their whole country could.

U.S. President Donald Trump has stated his lack of belief in man-made climate change. His choice for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, has kept his words rather normative on the matter, analyzed in this New York Times article as somewhat based on political risks.

Whether you like it or not, if he does wish to avoid conflict among party members, Pruitt’s choice of words is understandable. Discussions on climate change can get heated. Disagreements occur over whether climate change is real and whether it is man-made. Even to the extend of whether it happening is really endangering human lives, or whether it is the cause of ice cracks in the Antarctic.

It is a complex issue with science hard to simplify. Yet arguments believing its existence do carry weight. Everyone, including the EPA, seems to agree on the danger of greenhouse gases. Many would also argue that Antarctic ice cracks are indeed caused by high levels of greenhouse gases that heat Antarctica.

Those yearning for less carbon emission regulations may want to re-examine the story of Henry Ford raising his employees’ wages to $5 a day. This article explains how that was a move to avoid large turnover rate, which cost Ford significantly. Ford realized then that raising his wages above the usual rate would keep his employees loyal. People have always been drawn to dropping opportunity costs caused by good deals.

Now imagine Henry Ford living in Isaac Cordal’s aforementioned piece. How would Henry Ford propose a good deal when everyone drowns? What opportunity cost is there when the other option is death?

The following article by Shehab Khan presents an update on Larsen C ice crack in Antarctica.


Huge crack in the Antarctic grows by a further six miles

It now measures more than 100 miles and only a final 12 remain before an iceberg forms

Shehab Khan – @shehabkhan – Monday 23 January 2017

A crack in an ice shelf, known as Larsen C, in Antarctica has grown by more than six miles in the past few weeks.

The crack now measures more than 100 miles and once it completes it will form one of the largest icebergs on record.

An ice shelf is a permanent floating body of ice that connects to a land mass and only a final 12 miles of ice remains connecting the parent ice shelf to the future iceberg.

The break “will fundamentally change the landscape of the Antarctic,” according to Project MIDAS, a British Antarctic research project that is tracking the crack, USA Today reported.

In all, the shelf will shed an area more than 1,930 square miles, scientists from Project Midas at the University of Wales said.

Drastic climate change has resulted in several ice shelves disintegrating in recent years.

Andrew Fleming, remote sensing manager at the British Antarctic Survey who also tracks the Larsen C, said the ice was being thawed both by warmer air above and by warmer waters below.

Image caption: Antarctica’s ice shelf will shed an area of more than 1,930 square miles when the crack is complete Reuters

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