Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Failing to Reform


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There is a new story out of the Independent today about the

Arctic Sea Ice.

I guess this kind of news gets kind of old.

Especially when the MSM won't cover it.

Here is part of it.

Climate change 'irreversible' as Arctic sea ice fails to re-form
Steve Connor, Science Editor
14 March 2006

"Sea ice in the Arctic has failed to re-form for the second consecutive winter, raising fears that global warming may have tipped the polar regions in to irreversible climate change far sooner than predicted.

Satellite measurements of the area of the Arctic covered by sea ice show that for every month this winter, the ice failed to return even to its long-term average rate of decline. It is the second consecutive winter that the sea ice has not managed to re-form enough to compensate for the unprecedented melting seen during the past few summers.

Scientists are now convinced that Arctic sea ice is showing signs of both a winter and a summer decline that could indicate a major acceleration in its long-term rate of disappearance.

The greatest fear is that an environmental "positive feedback" has kicked in, where global warming melts ice which in itself causes the seas to warm still further as more sunlight is absorbed by a dark ocean rather than being reflected by white ice.

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"Unless conditions turn colder, we may be headed for another year of big sea ice losses, rivalling or perhaps even exceeding what we saw in September 2005. We are of course monitoring the situation closely ...

Coupled with recent findings from Nasa that the Greenland ice sheet may be near a tipping point, it's pretty clear that the Arctic is starting to respond to global warming," he added.

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Professor Peter Wadhams, of Cambridge University, who was the first Briton to monitor Arctic sea ice from nuclear submarines, said: "One of the big changes this winter is that a large area of the Barents Sea has remained ice-free for the first time. This is part of Europe's 'back yard'.

Climate models did predict a retreat of sea ice in the Barents Sea but not for a few decades yet, so it is a sign that the changes that were predicted are indeed happening, but much faster than predicted."

Yesterday, I went to see the man behind the keyboard at Kos.

He stood in front of about 30 or 40 progressives,

there on the little stage in the private lounge,

tucked away behind the popular bar and night spot,

with short pants,

long white sleeves, under a colored shirt,

sporting sneakers with white shoe laces,

where he gave a nice little short speech.

He looked about five years old.

Yet, his site averages 590,000 visits a day,

And he and his colleagues have become "the voice"

of the newly reformed Democratic Party.

I fear they will do about as well as the Arctic Ice.

The Climate has changed you know.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I at the thing with kos, and I thought he was very articulate.

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I WAS at the thing with Kos.

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok..
Another bummer. The sky is falling and Chicken Little has nary a chance. So on to the important stuff how far will Texas go in the NCAAs? Who will make it to the final four? UCLA? Ohio State? U. Conn.? Texas?
Thats what we are all babbling about here in Deer Corn. Can the Aggies of all teams actually beat Syaracuse? Ehh, what?
March Madness is much more important that reality.
Our Roman games without the lions eating Christains.
Igor

6:02 AM  
Blogger OZ said...

Several folks have indicated that Kos was right on.

My point is this.

If the democratic party thinks it can come back into power without dealing with the issues of climate change and peak oil and the resulting havoc and war they will bring, they are in la la land.

These are real problems facing humankind.

Al Gore is doing his part.

I wish these new "Gate Crashers" would do theirs.

8:08 AM  

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