The daily doom, tipping point edition
To repeat myself, yet again: Does a day ever go by anymore without another terrifying revelation about global warming?
(Reuters) Arctic thaw may be at “tipping point”
OSLO (Reuters) - A record melt of Arctic summer sea ice this month may be a sign that global warming is reaching a critical trigger point that could accelerate the northern thaw, some scientists say.
“The reason so much (of the Arctic ice) went suddenly is that it is hitting a tipping point that we have been warning about for the past few years,” James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, told Reuters.
The Arctic summer sea ice shrank by more than 20 percent below the previous 2005 record low in mid-September to 4.13 million sq km (1.6 million sq miles), according to a 30-year satellite record. It has now frozen out to 4.2 million sq km.
So, we, in this generation, continue to party hardy, refusing to make any meaningful sacrifices to fight global warming. Future generations, suffering from the fallout of our neglect, will, of course, see things differently: but by then it may be too late.
Three cheers for us!
September 30th, 2007 at 12:37 am
When they kiss Miami, Houston, whats left of New Orleans, lower Manhatten, and heaven only knows what else, goodbye, then and only then will the right-wing True Believers, the lazy, the naive, and the greedy believe in Global Warming. I think it is too late already.