The Conger Ice Shelf Collapse Left Scientists Surprised, But Not Hopeless

The twin polar heat waves and Conger ice shelf collapse were unprecedented, scary, but absolutely not a reason to give up on climate change.



If you were an Antarctic scientist and it were 10°F, what would you do?

Last week was a big one for the poles of the Earth, with record-shattering heatwaves in both the Arctic and Antarctica followed by the collapse of the Conger Ice Shelf in Eastern Antarctica. Many headlines suggested scientists were surprised, even flabbergasted! Ethan breaks down why these events were surprising, and why surprise does not mean doom-and-gloom in this week’s “Tip of the Iceberg.”

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Writers: Ethan Brown, Shannon Damiano, Maddy Schmidt

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