Greenhouse effect and Antarctica
Name: Burbank School
How does the greenhouse effect impact Antarctica?
One big problem with global warming is that it might cause the Ross Ice Shelf,
a very large continental glacier in Antarctica to warm and soften enough to
slide into the ocean and cause a massive increase in icebergs and a rise in
sea levels. The rising sea level is one of the scariest predictions of global
warming theory to me, because it would disrupt global shipping and thus hinder
our ability to redistribute food and other goods in global markets. It would
also cause people to move to higher ground, and since most people live near
ocean coasts (and some live on islands), rising sea levels could cause mass
migration, which would be very socially and economically disruptive, maybe
enough to cause war.
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Update: June 2012