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The big thaw: Greenland ice cover is melting away


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  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    "Some may falsely attempt to conclude that this latest event is directly caused by anthropometric global warming."

    Yeah... I'm just going to ignore that some of the stations there recorded their highest values on record. I'm sure the general significance of recent Arctic warming had nothing to do with temperatures managing to get above 0C in those parts for a few days...

    Sure natural cycles are at play, they always are, but that doesn't mean there can't be human-caused influences in addition to it.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 26, 2012 1:22 p.m.

    Re: atl134 Salt Lake City, UT

    Those that believe in Global Warming should do their part in reducing it by turning off their electricity and buying some carbon credits.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    July 26, 2012 1:32 p.m.

    VST: Thank you for a thoughtful handling of this topic.

    I don't have a problem with "global warming" or "climate change" (when has the climate ever been static?). I live in central Illinois. 10000 years ago, where my house now stands, was a layer of ice that was 100s of feet thick. Overall, since that time, the temperatures have warmed considerably. Man's influence in the warming -- if it has had any affect at all -- has been only within the past 200 years.

    Now some claim that the process is speeding up. Maybe so. but as VST has pointed out, it is nearly impossible to demonstrate -- if it is accelerating -- what affect man-made pollutants are having.

    Finally, I believe we all have a responsibility to use our resources wisely. I don't need a government agency to tell me what I can do to reduce greenhouse gases because I'm already doing much: recycling; riding my bike instead of driving; drying my clothes outside instead of in the dryer; insulating; growing some of the food I eat instead of trucking it in from California.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    July 27, 2012 8:25 a.m.

    Yikes! Global warming?

    Since ice is already expanded, its melting will only lower the ocean levels. Try putting an ice cube in a glass and fill it to the rim with water. When melted, the water level goes down.

    To be safe, I'll give my lawn mower a tune up.