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Studies Show Extent of Earth’s Ice Melt

New Studies Show Extent of Earth's Ice Melt
Science News by NewsLook

Two climate studies, each using satellite technology in different ways, have provided new insight into how fast ice is melting on Earth due to global warming. While climatologists have long known that rate of ice melt into our oceans has increased since records began more than a century ago, the new research shows just how much is being lost. Photo Credit: Marc – who just moved via Flickr.

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5:11PM PDT on May 24, 2012

Whatever happens, happens.

3:41PM PDT on May 8, 2012

horrible

1:28PM PDT on May 8, 2012

So when are the repubs going to acknowledge this? Maybe when their beach houses get flooded!

10:21AM PDT on May 8, 2012

I think the policy makers will do nothing because they think nothing will change in their lifetimes. Boy are they in for a shock.

8:39AM PDT on May 8, 2012

@John D.: I don't know what you base your affirmations on, as there have been as many ice ages as warmer periods in Earth's history. Therefore, stating that polar ice is "unnatural" is totally unfounded. Besides, if that were true, there would be no polar bears as they never would have had time to evolve. One thing's for sure, you don't seem concerned at all with their fate.

Also, to say that "deserts will turn into jungles" because it will get warmer is simply wishful thinking. If the climate gets warmer, deserts could in fact become more arid and expand into presently fertile land, unless the wind currents and rain patterns also change in favor of these areas.

7:02PM PDT on May 7, 2012

Alarming, I think if I lived in a community close to the ocean I would be thinking of moving.

1:05PM PDT on May 7, 2012

Alaska is suffering from sea-rising. As the water level rises, the permafrost in close proximity thaws. Then, the rising and lowing of the tides beat at and tear away the thawing permafrost. Alaska is losing roads and bridges to the tides. Houses are sinking. Entire communities have to be relocated, and the relocation process is very expensive and time-consuming for the communities and their residents!!! The transportation of food and supplies has gotten extremely expensive. The program covering what life is like in Alaska, which is either on the History or Weather Channels, claimed that a jar of peanut butter was going for $10 four years ago. There are possibly a lot of children not getting enough protein in areas of Alaska right now.

10:45AM PDT on May 7, 2012

The Earth continues to evolve and change. We have to learn to adapt too.

8:44AM PDT on May 7, 2012

As I live at 450 metres above sea level when in Spain I thought to move nearer the sea in a few years but sounds as if I will not have to move as it will be coming to Me!!
But not that soon but as long as it snows & rains in the mountains I suppose we will be Ok here. for a while. Feel sorry for those low lying islands.

6:19AM PDT on May 7, 2012

Good, over history, polar ice is unnatural. This last remnant of the recent Ice Age, will soon be a memory.

The deserts will soon be jungles as they were for most of natural history.

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