Melting Point Greenland
has some sublime hi-def video of, well, Greenland melting. The summer 2012 melt was unprecedented
, it alone
rose global sea-levels by 1mm. The scientist-run blog Greenland Melting
is following. Why Greenland's melting could be the biggest climate disaster of all
Current TV previously & previously
, the media company founded by Al Gore after the 2000 election, has picked up the kinds of in depth long form journalism being rapidly dropped by major networks, but has been tantalizingly unavailable for those without cable; until now. They have been putting their Vanguard episodes up on their website and on YouTube. [more inside]
Melting Greenland glacier water
forms a "slow wave" that stays in the Atlantic for at least 50 years before reaching the Pacific, according to a new study. The water piles up in the Atlantic. "It is often assumed that sea levels will rise instantaneously, but that is unlikely, given what we know about ocean dynamics." Fifty years after the meltwater is released from Greenland, sea-level rise could be 30 times greater around Greenland and down the eastern side of North America, including the Gulf of Mexico, than in the Pacific Ocean. Sea-level rises in Europe are around six times that of the Pacific, but only a fifth as great as on the opposite shore of the Atlantic.
Global warming approaching point of no return...
Climate change: report warns point of no return may be reached in 10 years, leading to droughts, agricultural failure and water shortages. The possibilities include reaching climatic tipping points leading, for example, to the loss of the West Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets (which, between them, could raise sea level more than 10 metres over the space of a few centuries), the shutdown of the thermohaline ocean circulation (and, with it, the Gulf Stream), and the transformation of the planet's forests and soils from a net sink of carbon to a net source of carbon. Countdown to global catastrophe
(of Easter Island), the Mayans
, and the Norse colonists of Greenland
all share one similarity: each culture was brought down by preventable, human-cause environmental catastrophe
. Sure, Michael Crichton
says it's all bunk
, but Jared Diamond (the author of the infinitely discussable
, Pulitzer prize winning Guns, Germs and Steel
) recently came out with a new book
that maybe we ought to be worried after all. Hear him discuss
it on NPR's morning edition.