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There's no place on Earth that's changing faster - and no place where that change matters more - than Greenland. Late last month, NASA reported that ice all across the vast glacial interior of the world's largest island was melting - a "freak event" -->

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wolfNoFwdsPls a (135)
Friday August 17, 2012, 11:33 am
and central Europe is just in for the next heat wave; with headlines like "The Big Heat is Coming"

And reports to-day say that the glacier on Mont Blanc shows a new crack ...
and that in 2010 a cave had been dicovered, filled with water which threatened to flood the valley (well, part of da valley, more likely, but i'm simply translating:), 65.000 t of water had been pumped off; There's again 10 kt of water, which are to be pumped off soon ...
nothing but freak events, of course

Be happy, things are getting worse...

Cher C (1429)
Friday August 17, 2012, 1:51 pm

Thnx for posting sweetie!!


Nancy C (806)
Friday August 17, 2012, 2:04 pm
"The shape and color of the ice sheet's crystals, in other words, are trapping more of the sun's rays than all the cars and factories and furnaces produce in the world's biggest economy." Yes, changes are becoming more rapid...interesting about the varied consistency of the ice and reflection ratios.


Jae A (316)
Friday August 17, 2012, 2:50 pm
Serious and scary but to be expected knowing the facts about Global Warming and or Climate Change. Regardless of the 'why' of it's happening NOW...and more rapid than ever obviously. Oh well, no need to change anything that humans are doing that 'possibly' are helping to rush these changes into taking place many times faster than they might otherwise happen. I mean,so what if man has sped things up a few hundred years earlier, there's still no need to worry...'wink wink nod nob'....The hell there isn't ! It's serious folks no matter how ya slice it,dice it, twist it,reword it,shift blame etc.

Michela M (3964)
Friday August 17, 2012, 4:02 pm
Thanks!!! Posted in: ORANGUTANS: Men of the Forest
in: CLIMATE CHANGE: Several Petitions - VERY URGENT New!!!
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Please!! Join, Sign, Invite friends to Join!! Individually: we are one DROP, all together: we are an OCEAN!! ALL together we can make a difference!! Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world -Margaret Mead Thanks!! Michela

Dee C (229)
Friday August 17, 2012, 4:03 pm
This is the most frightening picture you will ever see.

Very scary..And when one actually thinks about it..what a shame that it took so long for them to admit what is really happening..
Considering that Joseph Fourier..a French scientist.. as far back as 1824..first described the greenhouse effect.. And then in 1896..Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius was the first one who actually quantified the effects of it..He also described what could be the possible magnitude of the phenomenon in the future..Finally in the 50's some became concerned with the pollution and agreed it could not be ignored.. 2012.. and so here we are..

What a shame..Ignorance is bliss for some..
Thanks Kit..
noted & shared..


Michela M (3964)
Friday August 17, 2012, 5:00 pm
Dee C.: already Posted in: ORANGUTANS: Men of the Forest
in: CLIMATE CHANGE: Several Petitions - VERY URGENT New!!!

Jim P (3257)
Friday August 17, 2012, 5:14 pm
Yes, climate changes are happening all around the world.
Yes, global warming is real.

"Amid this summer's drama of drought, fire and record heat, the planet's destiny may have been revealed, in a single season, by the quiet metamorphosis of a silent, empty sheet of ice."

Ty, Kit.

Phillipa W (199)
Friday August 17, 2012, 7:44 pm
safe to say, our leaders don't exactly have a contingency plan in place to make the sweeping changes needed to halt this in time

Jelica R (144)
Friday August 17, 2012, 8:48 pm
They do have a plan, actually - to grab as much money and influence as they can to go down comfortably, unlike the rest of us.

Marie W (67)
Friday August 17, 2012, 10:09 pm
Venus climate here we come.

MmAway M (505)
Friday August 17, 2012, 11:05 pm
Yet sadly there are the idiots that insist THERE IS NO CLIMATE CHANGE....

Thanks sweetie!

pam montgomery (0)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 12:49 am
the artic is warming up

Terry V (30)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 4:42 am
We are MURDERING our planet, thus ourselves.

There are no vaccines against GREED

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 5:18 am
Sadly noted. Thanks for the update.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 7:09 am
This really is very scary.

David C (131)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 8:35 am
time to put away our ignorance and selfishness and all make the commitment to minimizing environmental destruction of which global climate change is a huge part!

There is no other planet for life....although I'd love to send the climate deniers and selfish that won't try and improve this world to one....

David C (131)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 8:40 am
sickened by those seeing this as an invitation to exploit and destroy further........

Michela M (3964)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 8:41 am
You cannot currently send a star to Dave because you have done so within the last week.

Kit B (276)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 9:01 am

I'm just curious, what one thing do you believe you can do to help change global warming?

Anna M (18)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 9:18 am

Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.

Chief Seattle, 1854

Seda A (4)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 9:52 am
noted, thanks

Muriel Servaege (53)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 1:04 pm
Signed and made a comment.

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 1:18 pm
heart breaking

Dianne D (490)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 1:41 pm
Unbelievable and unforgivable that we have let things get this far. God promises to destroy those that are destroying the earth and if we don't fight for what is right, we will destroyed along with those responsible.

Kit B (276)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 1:57 pm

Since the primary problem begins with over population and the rest of the problems come from governments trying to satiate the needs of so many humans. We all bear a part of the responsibility.

Craig Pittman (52)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 2:14 pm
Thanks Kit. We are going to continuing seeing the cause part of the effect and at a more rapid rate. I totally agree Kit that we all bear a large part of the responsibility. It has to do with overpopulation as well as an outlandish lifestyle here in the west. To support this lifestyle we use a hugely disproportionate amount of the earth's resources. I am not saying we here all live in luxury. I for sure as hell do not but compared to most of the rest of the world we are living pretty high on the hog.

Kit B (276)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 3:04 pm

True enough Craig, though the emerging countries seemed to have learned little from our mistakes.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 3:54 pm
Thanks Kit.

We can all help by consuming less, especially processed and manufactured items.e.g. own fewer motor vehicles, and plastic bags.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 5:14 pm
My water pH is 5.8/6.0. China coal, I presume. This world is so fried. :(

David Gould (155)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 5:25 pm
As others say "there is no Plant B"
While there are those busy trying to prove it is not happening, here we see the proof that it is. The turning point was several years ago now. Prudent politicians who have integrity and lack greed (I am told they exist somewhere) would be planning how we manage the changes ahead. Some regions of the world will become uninhabitable and hence we will all need to be less territorial and budge up a bit to make room for everyone.
Food production will need to be stepped up and new forms of life that thrive in the super-heated belts developed.
But while our myopic leaders posture about promising just more efficient ways in which to murder people for profits we will achieve nothing.
For once the world needs to pull it self together and act together to save its citizens.

Nancy M (197)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 6:29 pm
Tanks Kit. I too had posted an article earlier this summer about an iceberg sliding on off of Greenland. Frightening indeed. Especially for those of us in the midwest drought.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 6:37 pm
The disappearance of the summer ice is causing not only the sun's rays to not be bounced back into space, but is also causing the frozen methane gas at the bottom of the sea to melt and methane gas plumes are starting to appear (methane gas is 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide) the release of trapped methane will lead to even more dramatic and rapid climate change.

Christeen A (368)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 6:47 pm
This is sad and scary at the same time.

Jordana Barros (0)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 3:56 pm
The governament should do something about it and contact other countries to help solving these problemes.

Kit B (276)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 4:05 pm

Do something? This is not new, this not something for quickly band-aid patches. This is happening, now. As the ice melts the albedo rate increases, and more ice melts, as the water warms it expands, ultimately leading to rising sea levels.

Jelica R (144)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 5:49 pm
If a few cents were added to a price of a gallon of gasoline 30 years ago, when the effect of greenhouse gases was known, we could have been weaned from oil and gradually transfer to renewable energy resources by now. There would still be some climate changes, but the worst will be behind us. Due to big mass of our planet, it takes 20 - 30 years to accumulate enough thermal energy to notice a change in the average temperature. In other words; what are we experiencing today was caused 20 years ago. We are paying bills from our reckless youth. If we suddenly stop using coal and oil right now (which is close to impossible to achieve), first effects of it would be noticeable around 2030. There is nothing to fix things overnight. Sorry to break ilusions...

Scientists knew all about it, and were called chicken little for trying to warn us. Politicians knew, too. Why they didn't do anything? They have a 4 years mandate, then have to be re-elected to stay in office. How many votes will an alarmist and bad-news guy get? Right... So they said nothing.

Let's debunk another myth: scientists will come with something. They did, 30 years ago. We didn't like their conclusions. If they have "something" we could accept with more enthusiasm than those few cents per gallon, that will be on front pages and TV screens 24/7. I have been searching high and low, and I have nothing to show. Problem which was growing for 150 years does not have an instant solution. We have wasted 25 years. It will take nothing less than "blood, sweet and tears" approach to solve it now. Who is ready for it? Who is willing to even try?

Kit B (276)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 5:59 pm

There are so many options that we could have used, even now we could turn to using various form soil sequestration to improve crops and allow the soil to begin to absorb C02. Could have, would have, should have....when science is mocked and ignored then suddenly expected to resolve many years of constant abuse, well...they are scientists not wizards.

Daniel Partlow (179)
Monday August 20, 2012, 8:46 am
The world is changing before our very eyes. Too bad those with the ability to slow it have their heads up their butts!

Cindy B (61)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 12:44 am
Just about every impact of global warming will be negative if not disastrous. But the worst, think, will be in the vast stretches of arid lands that used to be served by glacier-fed rivers. As the glaciers and the rivers disappear, there'll be a massive exodus -- with multitudes homeless, foodless, waterless and on the move. And so they will die. Slowly and in agony. With bellies distended. Covered with flies. Nowhere to go. Like so many of them already are.

Meanwhile a similar exodus from the low-lying lands, now rendered uninhabitable as well. Talk about disaster fatigue! Very few of the rest of us will be able to help or provide refuge. Such trouble and agony. I hate to imagine it.

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 8:54 am
So true Cindy. Was going to say the same but you said it. It was said by some Scientist that there would be a tipping point, a place when it is too late and things will just start changing and this I believe we are at. We have new standards to start sometime in 2030 so on and so forth, but we don't have that much time left for small types of measures.

Around the world people need to get real with this and few Nations have Leaders that are really taking this serious. We still got our bozo's in the USA leadership wanting to take away contraception so we can have more unwanted children that we'll not be able to feed, let alone handle any of these serious issues.

Emily Drew (88)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 10:14 am
Noted :(

Jav R (0)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 8:02 am
Mas atencion en esto. Gracias por publicar
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