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Greenland's Ice Loss May Slow, But Still Won't Save Coasts


Environment  (tags: climate, climate-change, ecosystems, destruction, environment, globalwarming, world, oceans, water, weather )

Cal
- 441 days ago - huffingtonpost.com
The flow of Greenland's glaciers toward the sea may have increased significantly in the past decade, but a new report in Nature finds that rate of increase is unlikely to continue.



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AWAYnotHERE M. (445)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 3:17 am
I would dearly like to wrote that "Nature" report since I firmly believe we are losing the ice at an alarming rate. Thank you Cal! Hope all is well with you & your Mom!
 

Carol H. (229)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 4:54 am
noted, thanks Cal
 

Christeen Anderson (476)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 5:56 am
Maybe things aren't as negative as they seem..............................thanks for sharing.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 6:18 am
Thank ;you.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 8:04 am
Thank you. (n, p, t)
 

lee e. (114)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 9:21 am
Still a lose/lose situation! Sadly noted - thank you
 

Winn Adams (190)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 9:42 am
Sad to say the very least . . . .
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 9:43 am
And since the heat-trapping gas that has already put into the atmosphere will be there for hundreds of years to come, Greenland will continue to melt indefinitely. The fact that it may not happen quite as fast as the worst-case scenarios might forecast isnít all that reassuring.

Sadly noted. Humans should be the species going extinct!
 

Gene Jacobson (244)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 9:47 am
This is superficial at best and I admit to being a bit surprised a scientist would focus on but one place on the planet and neglect to mention what is happening elsewhere. Mountain glaciers are virtually gone - you can find on the net pictures - then and now - that prove this. The polar ice caps are still melting at an unprecedented rate and they are going to raise sea levels far more than Greenland's. The increased expanse of open water in the Arctic is what will fuel faster and greater evaporation as there is no ice there to reflect Sol's rays back into space, that will fuel ever stronger, larger and longer lasting storms across the planet, we have already seen evidence of this in recent years but dismiss it with "once in a century storm pablum" thanks to the never-ending efforts of the Koch brothers and their kind. The really big problem though is in the south, Antarctica is calving icebergs the size of Rhode Island and "wormholes" permeate its ice with melt pouring through them like water through swiss cheese. Anyone who thinks we are out of the woods is a 1%er or a fool. There is no end game here, we have no way to reverse what we have done, and in the end, every living thing on the planet will pay the ultimate price for human hubris.
 

pam w. (191)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 10:13 am
Sorry to say...WE HAVE LOST THE ARCTIC!

Gene's right....we've ruined the planet and there's no way to stop what we've started.

Unfortunately, we've taken thousands of innocent species along with us...and THAT is TRAGIC!

It would be far better for the earth is humanity disappeared.
 

pam w. (191)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 10:14 am
IF humanity disappeared.
 

Tim C. (1751)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 11:57 am
ty
 

Malgorzata Zmuda (177)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 12:13 pm
winien niestety człowiek
 

Dianne D. (453)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 12:28 pm
The world be a better place if all humans were gone.
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 12:37 pm
Thx
 

Petra M. (252)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 1:59 pm
noted, thanks Cal!
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 2:17 pm
Thanks for the info, Cal. "In the old days," we would've had some network "specials" regarding this to educate the public at large. Now, it all comes out in dribs-and-drabs, so as not to worry people TOO much, I guess.
Gene has it right---we must put all this information together for the Big Picture.
 

Lynn D. (0)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 2:55 pm
Thanks for info --- pictures were just lovely!
 

Birgit W. (140)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 3:01 pm
Very sad, thank you.
 

ALEXANDER Kovesy (1)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 4:19 pm
THE "BIG PICTURE" GLOBALLY IS, AS MANY SCIENTISTS AND NOTABLE PEOPLE HAVE POINGTED OUT TIME AGAIN WE ARE PAST THE NO RETURN POINT. A BIT LIKE THE BIBLICAL STORY OF THE FLOOD "THEY PAID NO ATTENTION UNTIL THE DOORS OF THE ARK WERE CLOSED AND THE RAIN CAME DOWN" WITH ONE SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE. THIS TIME THERE IS NO ARK NOR A BUILDER OF ONE..UP THE CREEK WITHOUT A PADDLE MAYBE????? ONLY MORE SERIOUS.
 

James Doeppers (0)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 4:35 pm
Thanks
 

Philip Heinlein (471)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 5:23 pm
This may sound like good news, but it really isn't. The RATE of melting is decreasing a little. But the melting is still continuing and too much ice is disappearing. So maybe the ice hangs on a few extra years... great, but that's just a drop in the bucket (sorry, bad pun). Unless we make some drastic changes, the ice will soon be gone.
 

ALEXANDER Kovesy (1)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 5:55 pm
THERE MAY BE A SLOWING AND WHILE THAT SEEMS TO GIVE PERMISSION TO FEEL THAT SOMEHOW THIS IS GOOD, IT IS ONLY PUTTING OFF THE INEVITABLE. THE BREAKDOWN OF MANY LINKED SYSTEMS GLOBALY ARE AT THE CAUSE OF WHAT GREENLAND IS BUT A SMALL VISIBLE PART OF.
 

Sonny Honrado (6)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 6:29 pm
Noted!
 

Inge Bjorkman (128)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 10:50 pm
The climate is changing, no doubt about it. Maybe we are too many people on this planet
 

Stuart Thomas (505)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 11:20 pm
Noted. Thank you, Cal.
 

Robert O. (12)
Friday May 10, 2013, 12:17 am
Thanks Cal.
 
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