Can Humans Melt the Antarctic Icecap?Posted: April 17, 2018
“My goal here is to show the enormous energy levels involved and how ridiculous it is to blame humans for any significant ice melt.“ – (Julius Sanks is an engineer and manager with experience developing weather forecasting systems and environmental satellites.)
Can we puny humans produce enough energy to melt the huge icecap? Some math helps.
Guest essay by Julius Sanks
When discussing climate with people who do not have technical backgrounds, I have learned much of the climate discussion is a foreign language to them.
Phrases like “Dalton minimum” or “Atlantic multidecadal oscillation” make their eyes glaze over. Once, after I explained what causes wind, the reply was, “my head hurts.” So, I no longer try to explain atmospheric science. Besides, I am an engineer, not a meteorologist. I have had better luck by sharing simple examples that let people reach conclusions on their own about human versus natural influence. Telling them I can show them the math if they want to see it adds credibility, because few, if any, alarmist publications intended for the general public include any math to support their claims. Describing…
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