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Ice shelves prove climate change

The latest research findings from the British Antarctic Survey (www.antarctica.ac.uk) show that the Wilkins Ice Shelf (the size of Northern Ireland) is about to break from the Antarctic Peninsula because of rising temperatures due to man-made global warming.

The Antarctic Peninsula is an area in rapid climate change and has actually warmed faster than anywhere else in the southern hemisphere, rising by nearly 3°C over the past half century.

This has led to an increase in the volume of Antarctic glacier meltwater, which has weakened the ice shelves, and was responsible for the collapse of the Larsen B Ice Shelf in 2002.

Satellite images of Wilkins Ice Shelf were obtained thanks to NASA and the European Space Agency's Envisat, available at www.polarview.aq

While sceptics of man-made global warming may see this as just another example of scare-mongering by scientists, environmentalists and people with their head screwed on straight, the evidence is there to see for anyone who is open-minded enough to look. But of course, that would involve taking one's head out of the sand first.

I guess the old adage is true -- you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him think.

GARY BYRNE

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