The latest report on the carbon dioxide levels are already past our being able to fix them. We’ve cut down so many trees, the abilities to make them viable to this loss is impossible and the glaciers are melting at 100 feet a day and this is a direct result of warming. Our oceans are rising but not just rising, losing salinity with all the fresh water adding to them. This disruption in the ice fields, the carbon dioxide levels and the loss of trees have increased the death knoll by 50 percent.
They tell us that the world’s average temp will rise between one and five and a half degrees by the end of the 21st century. The Congress continues to beat up the Democrats by saying that our children will be paying the price of health care and our entitlement programs, yet where is the intelligence to realize we are also leaving out children’s children to deal with flooding in our coastal cities, and loss of salt water sea denizens.
The tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis all have global change as the extent of our warming. Where does it end?
FAST FACTS – GLACIER RETREAT IN ALL CONTINENTS
- Nearly all glaciers surveyed in Alaska are melting. Thinning rates in the last 5 to 7 years are more than twice those seen in previous years. Half of the water flowing into the oceans, globally, due to melting glaciers, is a result of melting in Alaska.
- The northern Andes contain the largest concentration of glaciers in the tropics, but these glaciers are receding rapidly and losses accelerated during the 1990s.
- Glacier melting has accelerated in the European Alps since 1980, and 10 to 20% of glacier ice in the Alps was lost in less than two decades. Half the volume of Europe’s Alpine glaciers has disappeared since 1850. By the end of this century, half of those left will have gone as well.
- Tropical glaciers in Africa have decreased in area by 60% to 70% on average since the early 1900s.
- The vast majority of all Himalayan glaciers have been retreating and thinning over the past 30 years, with accelerated losses over the last decade.
- The tropical glaciers in the Pacific have retreated, although in New Zealand some glaciers grew due to increased precipitation.
- Arctic glaciers have been receding, with the exception of Scandinavia and Iceland where increase in precipitation resulted in glacier growth. Greenland alone contains 12% of the world’s ice; entire portions of the Greenland ice sheet appear to be sliding towards the sea.
- In Antarctica the centre of the continent is currently cooling so it won’t be melting soon. However, coastal glaciers and ice sheets in the Antarctic are melting. The melting of ice sheets and ice shelves that sit on top of land, will result in higher sea levels.
NB. These facts are from the WWF report GOING, GOING, GONE! Climate Change And Global Glacier Decline. References are available here [pdf, 122 KB].