63 Degrees In Antarctica? Hottest Day On Record Stirs Up Climate Change Debate

What could have been the hottest day in one of the normally coldest places on Earth has global warming proponents deeply concerned. Antarctica recently experienced its warmest day ever. This past Tuesday, it’s thought Antarctica hit a record-high of 63.5 degrees. This broke the record set the day before, where the hottest day recorded was merely 0.2 degrees cooler.

At the moment, it’s that it’s not entirely confirmed that what would be the warmest day ever in Antarctica technically happened in Antarctica. According to TIME, the temperature was logged on the Antarctic Peninsula. This is significant because the location may be later ruled to be a part of Argentina and NOT Antarctica.

Before you dismiss the finding altogether, it’s important to note that the British Antarctic Survey has found that temperatures across the otherwise icy region have jumped five degrees over the past fifty years. While the hottest day in Antarctica is still under review, there appears to be little debate as to whether the south pole is getting warmer. As the ice melts around the outer regions of the continent, there’s concern that rising sea levels will only further distort the Earth’s weather patterns.

According to climate change proponents, the rise in sea level due to ice loss in Antarctica and other regions may even put certain nations at risk. The five most vulnerable countries are in Asia, with China topping the list.

Can the hottest day in Antarctica be blamed on human interference? This is strongly contested among climate change watchdog organizations and individuals who believe that the global warming movement is largely a hoax. Even if Antarctica had the hottest day ever, opponents of climate change research claim that temperatures stopped rising in 1998. NASA data is cited as proof that the Earth is actually getting cooler.

Perhaps they should have examined the research with greater care, as NASA seems to support the notion that the Earth is getting warmer. In addition, humans may also be the culprit.

Dr. James E. Hansen found that when “man-made greenhouse gases” are combined, there is the potential to affect the world’s climate significantly.

“It became clear that human-produced greenhouse gases should become a dominant forcing and even exceed other climate forcings, such as volcanoes or the Sun, at some point in the future.”

Hansen eventually drew the conclusion that the world was getting hotter and that people are likely to blame.

“I am confident we are looking at warming that is mainly due to increasing human-made greenhouse gases.”

Those who believe the Earth is getting colder say that the planet is creeping towards an eventual Ice Age. Relative inactivity on the Sun does have some scientists worried that a “Little Ice Age” might be possible. It’s also believed that lower solar energy on Earth represents a period of inevitable cooling.

Yes, the debate rages on…even as it allegedly grows closer to T-shirt weather in certain portions of Antarctica.

Do you believe that the “hottest day” recorded in a region of Antarctica is cause for concern, or is the global warming debate largely overblown? Please share your thoughts below.

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