Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Global What?

They've never met a fact they couldn't find an "expert" to question. Especially on global warming which, if acted on, might interfere with their big business and oil backers. However, the facts are getting harder and harder for BushCo to question, spin or ignore.

For example, there's this story:

European scientists voiced shock as they showed pictures which showed Arctic ice cover had disappeared so much last month that a ship could sail unhindered from Europe's most northerly outpost to the North Pole itself.


"This situation is unlike anything observed in previous record low-ice seasons," said Mark Drinkwater of ESA's Oceans/Ice Unit.
Fortunately, in a very limited sense, this is sea ice, which displaces its own mass in the water it floats on - that is, it will not cause a rise in sea level. But if sea ice is melting to such a degree, what is happening to the continental ice shelves in Antarctica and Greenland?

The doubters' stories get more and more fantastical while the facts on the ground slowly add up to the incontrovertible; human activities are warming the earth. To our eventual detriment.

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