Saturday, January 31, 2015


Global warming outfitted with new abilities, can now cause volcanoes
by Personal Liberty News Desk

Global warming, the nearly omnipotent (yet, ironically, man-made) force that’s responsible for everything from your dad’s drinking too much to your inability to remember your PIN number when there’s a line behind you at the checkout, has added a new power to its growing arsenal: volcanism.

TIME has an article out this week headlined “How Climate Change Leads to Volcanoes (Really)” that, like the clickbait it is, cites a study ascribing to global warming — ahem, climate change — the power to accelerate Icelandic volcanic activity:

Now, you can add yet another problem to the climate change hit list: volcanoes. That’s the word from a new study conducted in Iceland and accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters. The finding is bad news not just for one comparatively remote part of the world, but for everywhere.

Iceland has always been a natural lab for studying climate change. It may be spared some of the punishment hot, dry places like the American southwest get, but when it comes to glacier melt, few places are hit harder. About 10% of the island nation’s surface area is covered by about 300 different glaciers — and they’re losing an estimated 11 billion tons of ice per year. Not only is that damaging Icelandic habitats and contributing to the global rise in sea levels, it is also — oddly — causing the entire island to rise. And that’s where the trouble begins.

From there, the upshot is that melting glaciers are taking “the lid off the pot” (TIME’s phrase) and removing the gravitational pressure that keeps volcanoes from spewing. Oh, and somewhere in there, it’s assumed that mankind is the reason for all this.

“The Earth, we are learning yet again, demands respect,” writes TIME’s Jeffrey Kluger. “Mess with it and there’s no end to the problems you create.”

Ooh. Sounds like eschatology. Except it can’t be, because that’s not scientific… it’s religious. Which is something that climate alarmism clearly isn’t. Right?


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