Accelerating Events In Many Parts of The World

Polar Ice Sheets Shrinking Worldwide

(National Geographic News) – The polar ice sheets are indeed shrinking—and fast, according to a comprehensive new study on climate change.

And the effects, according to an international team, are equally clear—sea levels are rising faster than predicted, which could bring about disastrous effects for people and wildlife.

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Science Stunner: Greenland Ice Melt Up Nearly Five-Fold Since Mid-1990s, Antartica’s Ice Loss Up 50% In Past Decade

“the pace of ice loss from Greenland is extraordinary, with nearly a five-fold increase since the mid-1990s,”

Romm wrote: “We can’t dawdle much longer if we want to avoid an ice-free planet….”

Unfortunately, this is untrue. The statement is actually false. We cannot avoid an ice-free planet now. Irreversible melt is in motion. Environmental effects will be significantly worse then all “official” projects (but not what has been posted here).

Consider that a known 50% is already lost (in just two decades). There is simply no way that this is reversible on a meaningful time scale (several human lifetimes for example).

How to get the Arctic / Antarctic cold enough, fast enough to avoid “ice free”?

A rhetorical question to which there is no answer.

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6 thoughts on “Accelerating Events In Many Parts of The World

  • December 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm
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    “Consider that a known 50% is already lost (in just two decades).”
    I think you refer to the 50% relative increase in ice mass lost, not the absolute amount.
    But the news is scary enough already without the 50% being absolute.

    • December 1, 2012 at 9:20 pm
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      Hah! No, that’s not me, but I agree with everything he said, including nothing but extinction awaits the homo-apes. Wait… that’s being unkind to a species that doesn’t industrialize war, practice genocide, engage in torture or rape the planet to death…

  • December 2, 2012 at 11:15 am
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    IPCC’s Planned Obsolescence: Fifth Assessment Report Will Ignore Crucial Permafrost Carbon Feedback!

    Couple of points brought up in the link:

    a) The IPCC is admitting they’ve ignored the permafrost positive feedback; not only a huge oversight, but actually a FATAL one. This has helped lead to delays and inaction;

    b) ALL of their reports are SERIOUSLY out-dated and inaccurate the moment they are released;

    c) Next report (IPCC Fifth Assessment Report) will be released between 2013 – 2014 (over a year from now), and will not include the potential effects of the permafrost carbon feedback on global climate.

    d) Uh, I told you so. Meaning only that we are STILL seeing lag times in scientific reports and assessments, and we’re going to CONTINUE to see such lag times that FAIL to take into account some truly gigantic issues related to a warming planet.

    There is actually no doubt about what this means, i.e., “too little, too late”.

    Virtually all of the literature that continues to express optimism (solutions, “we can fix this in time”) is working from a starting line that is constantly changing — including the distance of this “race” to save humanity.

    Incomplete data, out-of-date data and the failure to account for all known effects make this a definite game-changer. In effect — we’re not even “in the race” yet. Not even close.

    We’re still sitting on the sidelines as spectators, having no common understanding of what the race even is, or how long its going to be or what it could take to finish (survive).

    Lacking accurate, timely, complete data, this is the same thing as saying we’re not even in the race and “you lose!!!” because we never even made it to the starting block.

    I am not surprised at this latest revelation, it fits a consistent pattern discovered long ago.

  • December 3, 2012 at 6:13 pm
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    2.4 Million Pounds of Carbon Pumped Into The Atmosphere Every Second.

    Desdemona gets the credit for this one, but follow the link and read the original article too.

    Any “discussion” (useless, misguided debate) about “limiting to 2C warming” is deceiving adherents to reality.

    All that carbon… into the air, oceans and trees…. which is going up, up, up (almost 400ppm, oceans are acidic now and the trees are getting cut down faster then ever).

    Expect a “methane pulse” soon and subsequent wiping out of life forms on Earth.

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