North Pole Melting

According to this article in the lefty UK paper, “The Independent,” the ice at the north pole is melting, and they of course blame global warming. However, I also noticed this article about volcanic eruptions shaking the Arctic Ocean floor lately. I wonder if a volcano right underneath an ice cap might have more to do with it melting than a fraction of a degree increase in global temperatures?

Update by sammy: The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works has this response up at their site regarding the media kerfuffle over ice melt claims. Here is their opening paragraph:

The media is once again hyping an allegedly dire consequence of man-made global warming. This time the media is promoting the ice loss of one tiny fraction of the giant ice-covered continent and completely ignoring the current record ice growth on Antarctica. Contrary to media hype, the vast majority of Antarctica has cooled over the past 50 years and ice coverage has grown to record levels since satellite monitoring began in the 1979, according to peer-reviewed studies and scientists who study the area.

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