We’ve been watching this situation with a sort of grim determination.
The determination is to know the truth, the somber attitude because we know what the truth implies about the future of our civilization.
There is far more to be concerned about in those two images (above) than anything the Romans faced when the Visigoth‘s rebelled.
All those projections, about what’s going to happen in 2050? Those were based on theories about how we would act to stop Climate change. Well, we just broke the 2007 melt record, and we’re still melting.
The theories were too optimistic. There was always a worry about sounding an alarm, losing credibility. Well Climate Change is only a “theory” in the sense that “The Theory of Gravity” is a theory. Calling it a theory doesn’t invalidate it’s effects. If you let go of something, it still falls. Climate change is here, it’s real, and it’s happening right on top of you no matter what you call it.
The melting of the Arctic Sea Ice isn’t just about sea level rise. It means record heat, droughts, floods, it means rain when you don’t want it and none when you need it. It means winters without snow, and springs that happen too soon. That Sea Ice is part of the engine that drives the world’s weather, and losing it means our world must change along with it.
We know the cause, we know how to start fixing it, and we can easily do it. But we have to show enough sense, and enough care for each other to actually step up.
The time to step up is now. We best start steppin, or real soon there won’t be anywhere to go.
- An update on the Arctic sea-ice (realclimate.org)
- Breaking: Arctic Sea Ice Reaches Historic Minimum [Greg Laden’s Blog] (scienceblogs.com)
- New research from last week 33/2012 (skepticalscience.com)
Originally posted on Climate Denial Crock of the Week:
Arctic sea ice appears to have broken the 2007 record daily extent and is now the lowest in the satellite era. With two to three more weeks left in the melt season, sea ice continues to track below 2007 daily extents.
Please note that this is not an announcement of the sea ice minimum extent for 2012. NSIDC will release numbers for the 2012 daily minimum extent when it occurs. A full analysis of the melt season will be published in early October, once monthly data are available for September.
Arctic sea ice extent fell to 4.10 million square kilometers (1.58 million square miles) on August 26, 2012. This was 70,000 square kilometers (27,000 square miles) below the September 18, 2007 daily extent of 4.17 million square kilometers (1.61 million square miles).
Including this year, the six lowest ice extents in the satellite record…
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