New research shows a major section of west Antarctica's ice sheet will completely melt in coming centuries and probably raise sea levels higher than previously predicted, revealing another impact from the world's changing climate. According to a study released Monday, warm ocean currents and geographic peculiarities have helped kick off a chain reaction at the Amundsen Sea-area glaciers, melting them faster than previously realized and pushing them "past the point of no return," NASA glaciologist Eric Rignot told reporters. Read more and watch video >>
The cartoon by Banx shows a pair of penguins sitting on an ice floe somewhere in west Antarctica. One of them, who is reading the report about the ice melting tells the other, "I've half a mind to learn to fly".
If the penguin could fly, it would be able to escape the ice floe (of course, it could always swim).
The expression have half a mind to do something is used for threatening to do something, when you probably will not do it. • I've half a mind to tell your parents what you've done!