Alert: a global warming nightmare in the making

By | July 25, 2012
Let's put this in context: The Greenland ice sheet is the second largest ice body in the world, after the Antarctic Ice Sheet. If the entire ice sheet melted, it would lead to a global sea level rise of 7.2 m (23.6 ft). That would place the Netherlands, Bangladesh, and numerous other countries completely underwater (20% of the Netherlands is already below sea level, but I fear Bangladesh won't be able to survive that).

This is scary. Now, while the ice sheet thawing (what it is doing now) and not completely melting (it will take a while to melt over three kilometers thick ice), the speed at which it is thawing is incredible. And I don't think it's because of a Predator hiding in an inverted Ziggaurat under the ice sheet.

/via +Sean Bonner 

Greenland ice sheet melted at unprecedented rate during July
Scientists at Nasa admitted they thought satellite readings were a mistake after images showed 97% surface melt over four days

9 thoughts on “Alert: a global warming nightmare in the making

  1. John Despujols

    The Solar system is not warming…  Jupiter and Venus are getting colder.  Mars is entering the part of its Orbit that is closer to the sun.  In fact, we are 3 years into a Solar cycle that one of the least active in the last hundred years….  

      "NASA predicts that solar cycle 24 will peak in early or mid 2013 with about 59 sunspots. This would make it the least active cycle in the past one hundred years."  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_cycle_24

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  2. Sophie Wrobel

    +Per Siden do you think you can rephrase that in context of what how it is going to affect humanity in a visible and noticable way? 🙂

    I do agree, though, that lacking sunlight reflection from the ice sheet is going to cause faster warming, and that artificial spraying of various reflective chemicals into the atmosphere to keep too much sunlight out is going to cause major health problems as well as impact the efficiency of solar panels and plant growtn on inhabited land, all of which are big problems.

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  3. Per Siden

    The rice of sea level may be a small problem compared to the role sea ice and glaciers are playing in keeping temperatures down around the world. According to National Snow and Ice Data Center ice reflects 80% of the sunlight back into the atmosphere, while ocean water instead absorbs 90% of the sunlight.

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  4. Jonathan Powell

    Even with all the evidence for global warming there are still idiots that don't believe it.
    I am afraid it is going to take a tragedy like you mentioned above to get people to actually care about it. Just have to hope that by that time it isn't too late to reverse the effects to a degree. 

    End of short rant 🙂 

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