Glaciers are getting bigger again!

NBC News reports that a new study from NASA finds that a major glacier on Greenland that was one of the fastest shrinking ice and snow masses on the planet is growing once again. For the last two years, the Jakobshavn glacier has been growing at about the same rate it was thinning and retreating before, the study shows. Back in 2012 Scientists sounded the alarm that Jakobshavn was retreating about 1.8 miles and thinning nearly 130 feet annually. But it suddenly stopped in 2016. 2017 it grew 120 feet and 2018 it grew 135 feet! Others in the area are growing too!

The findings were unexpected to scientists.“That was kind of a surprise. We kind of got used to a runaway system,” explains Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland ice and climate scientist Jason Box. The water in Disko Bay, where Jakobshavn hits the ocean, is about 3.6 degrees cooler than a few years ago, study authors said.

Some scientists like University of Washington ice scientist Ian Joughin, said it would be a “grave mistake” to interpret the latest data as contradicting climate change science.

“I believe to a large extent, this is a temporary blip. Downturns do occur in the stock market, but overall the long term trajectory is up. This is really the same thing.”

However University of Arizona Geologist Craig Idso says “Each year the verdict becomes stronger and clearer that the scientific evidence debunks global warming alarmism".

Last year the Washington Post ran a story entitled Global Temps have dropped since 2016. Here's why that's normal.

 
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