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From the “you really should get your stories straight” department.
OK, here is press release #1 from the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA (USF HEALTH)
Melting of east Antarctic ice sheet could cripple major US cities
TAMPA, Fla (December 13, 2017)- The world’s largest ice sheet may be less stable than previously thought, posing an even greater threat to Florida’s coastline.
So, that’s bad, right?
And, here is press release #2 from the UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AT AMHERST
Instability of antarctic ice makes projecting future sea-level rise difficult
UMass Amherst, Rutgers climate scientists say it will take time for events to unfold
AMHERST, Mass. – Authors of a new study that combine a well-established sea-level rise projection framework plus a model of Antarctic ice-sheet instability suggest in a paper released today that scientists won’t be able to determine until the 2060s which of two different sea-level rise scenarios is most likely to occur.
So, we really don’t know…based upon this new study.
Oh, wait, here’s another one out today, from RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
Sea-level rise projections made hazy by Antarctic instability
Scientists should have a much better understanding in a few decades how high the sea level could rise, Rutgers-led study says
It may take until the 2060s to know how much the sea level will rise by the end of this century, according to a new Rutgers University-New Brunswick-led analysis
They don’t know.
All of these press releases appeared within a couple of hours of each other on EurekAlert, which is a Science PR clearing house. They will all inevitably get turned into stories by the media. Who could blame the public for being confused when we have such certainty/uncertainty battles like this going on in climate science?
It seems Yogi Berra was right.
“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”