Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Greenland Melt

Snorkels, everyone?

More than 2 trillion tons of land ice in Greenland, Antarctica and Alaska have melted since 2003, according to new NASA satellite data that show the latest signs of what scientists say is global warming. More than half of the loss of landlocked ice in the past five years has occurred in Greenland, based on measurements of ice weight by NASA's GRACE satellite, said NASA geophysicist Scott Luthcke. The water melting from Greenland in the past five years would fill up about 11 Chesapeake Bays, he said, and the Greenland melt seems to be accelerating.
One of the most under-rated pluses of the incoming administration, contrasted with the outgoing, is (hopefully) a return to a science based rationale on dealing with climate change, and ecology in general. "God will save us" sounds great when pondering the human condition, but it makes for horribly obtuse national policy.

I'm skeptical of global warming science by nature - both from those who say it's man made, and those certain it is not - but to deny the earth is warming and some sort of reaction from the human race may be necessary is pure idiocy.

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