During the recent heat wave, I am sure, like me, you have heard the following wherever you went:-
"This is the start of the global warming", "All the icecaps are going to melt and we will all be flooded" and so on. I have also read in all the papers over the last decade of the various things that global warming is going to cause.
1. A rise in global temperature of so many degrees, creating drought and all things associated with it.
2. The melting of all the icecaps creating vast floods all over the world and raising the sea levels by anything from six inches to 10 feet.
Excuse my complete ignorance (I know you have!. I find all these predictions a lot of rubbish. Unless I am completely stupid (O.K! and my education of over 50 years ago was uninformed or not properly digested. As an old man, (Some of you will say ancient!, I appeal to the younger generation to tell me where I m going wrong.
GLOBAL WARMING: How come we are having this global warming,"0wing to the hole in the ozone layer"?
Yet we are only producing temperatures equal to the ones they had over a 100 years ago?
RISE IN SEA LEVELS: In order for the sea levels to rise 1 inch, it would require about 12 inches of snow covering the whole of the earths land mass to melt, or, 2 inches of rain (Where is that going to come from?) over the entire land mass of the earth. Any extra rainfall is taken out of the seas therefore it must reduce there level proportionately. (Without being pedantic, JP note! The above is based on a 1 to 2 land ratio to sea.)
MELTING of the ICECAPS: The South Pole and southern regions and other icecaps except the North Pole, as I will explain later. If all of this were to melt, which I cant see happening, because, surely the extra rainfall would fall as snow in these regions, because the earth tilt would still produce these cold regions. Most of the other icecaps are created because of height and this would continue.
The NORTH POLE: As far as I am aware the North Pole is one giant ice cube. If you fill a glass with ice cubes and then topped it with water to the level of the glass, when the ice cubes melt the water in the glass remains level with the top without any spillage(Except on a Saturday night!. So how can the North Pole melting affect the sea level?
I expect that you will discount all of the above as the rambling of an old man. All I am asking is for you to tell me where I am basically wrong. If I am not wrong we may see this theory appearing in some college like Cardonald or some such place in the near future with a new author.
Hope I have not bored you for a few minutes.