More Arctic Sea Ice Melting...

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    Nov 03, 2011 2:28 PM GMT
    A yes, the world is slowly flooding yet again.. likely thanks to our own actions.... our progeny will be telling biblical stories about this...

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    http://thewall.com.au/topics/55457-loss-of-arctic-sea-ice-dont-let-the-gfc-distract

    A few weeks ago, NASA announced that the area of Arctic ice is now almost as low as it was in 2007, its historic minimum.

    The extent of ice has reduced to 4.33 million km² compared to the mean (1979 to 2000) of 7.04 million km². Simultaneously, three navigation routes have opened across the Arctic during the past boreal (northern) summer.

    The 2011 event went relatively unnoticed, unlike that in 2007, which stirred significant international media attention. Media and political dialogues have focused society’s concerns on the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), diverting attention away from climate change.

    Yet, the recent events in the Arctic are the closest manifestation of “dangerous” climate change yet realised on our planet.
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    Nov 03, 2011 4:22 PM GMT
    I don't know why people en mass chose to ignore or to deny what is happening. My cynical side says it is because to make such acknowledgements would lead to personal responsibility and a touch of short-term sacrifice.
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    Nov 03, 2011 5:59 PM GMT
    They need to start paying polar bears royalties for turning them into the unequivocal symbol of global warming.
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    Nov 03, 2011 8:01 PM GMT
    Nivek saidI don't know why people en mass chose to ignore or to deny what is happening. My cynical side says it is because to make such acknowledgements would lead to personal responsibility and a touch of short-term sacrifice.


    Same reason they're ignoring the crash of the fisheries.... like the one in Newfoundland... which people and politicians foresaw coming... people are afraid of change.. when they are afraid.. they deny... its a psychological defense mechanism.... rationality does not help... in fact, rationality often leads to an increase in defense mechanism.. as when one can rationally convince oneself of the denial.. one will be all the more likely to stay in denial.... thats called "rationalisation" in psycho-terms... its been shown time and time again people deal with the discomfort of the unknown by rationalising and denying.... like in hypnosis studies... but thats another story....
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    Nov 03, 2011 8:07 PM GMT
    Look at what is happening in Tuvalu.

    A water crisis, because the sea levels have risen, and the saltwater is invading local supplies of fresh water.

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    Nov 03, 2011 8:49 PM GMT
    ^ im expecting my hometown to flood if it goes at this rate.. no matter.. its happened before.. in Japan, the mediterranean, in the black sea.... last turn of the ice ages.... so Im prepared to leave, but I'm not gona deny that a big upheaval is on its way regardless
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    Nov 03, 2011 8:55 PM GMT
    The good news is we still have a few years left before the shit hits the fan.

    Maybe we should party like it's 1999. Again.

    /sarcasm
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    Nov 03, 2011 8:57 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidThe good news is we still have a few years left before the shit hits the fan.

    Maybe we should party like it's 1999. Again.

    /sarcasm


    Hell! Im partying it up in 2012!!!!
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    Nov 03, 2011 8:59 PM GMT
    GreenHopper said^ im expecting my hometown to flood if it goes at this rate.. no matter.. its happened before.. in Japan, the mediterranean, in the black sea.... last turn of the ice ages.... so Im prepared to leave, but I'm not gona deny that a big upheaval is on its way regardless
    LOL now ya know why I bought in the Caribbean at 1600 ft!
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    Nov 03, 2011 9:02 PM GMT
    ^ Aye Mark... the tropics and high mountains... only problem is hurricanes over here :/ But other than that, no need to worry about too much of temperature upheavals as will happen towards the poles
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    Nov 03, 2011 9:11 PM GMT
    people are soo apathetic too this...they do not understand, especially Americans, as long as we can continue go about our lifestyles of consumption people just wont care, they literally have no clue
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    Nov 03, 2011 9:43 PM GMT
    GreenHopper said^ Aye Mark... the tropics and high mountains... only problem is hurricanes over here :/ But other than that, no need to worry about too much of temperature upheavals as will happen towards the poles
    LOL Hurricanes are a great reason for a party.. Its just a nice big blow hard rainstorm LOL
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    Nov 03, 2011 9:55 PM GMT
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    GreenHopper said^ Aye Mark... the tropics and high mountains... only problem is hurricanes over here :/ But other than that, no need to worry about too much of temperature upheavals as will happen towards the poles
    LOL Hurricanes are a great reason for a party.. Its just a nice big blow hard rainstorm LOL


    icon_eek.gif OMG , I'm too superstitiously Caribbean to joke about the great, most wrathful Goddess of storms, wind and fire, Hurrican! *trembles at the sound of Her name* lol ... We've had a calm season... I will avoid invoking Her ire lol..
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    Nov 03, 2011 10:40 PM GMT
    I Have been watching a lot of Nat Geo programing that is showing a lot of evidence that the shrinking Ice caps interferes with the circulation of the worlds oceans. It seems the cold ice and water creates this current, whithout it the oxygen level in the uncirculating water decreases, and can kill off marine life. The lack of circulation also allows the warm ocean areas to get even warmer, which in turn creates more frequent and more severe storms. (please excuse the lack of scientific words and terms, but this is the jist of todays' program)

    We are messing up our ecosystems by burning more and more fossil fuels, yet our right leaning politics keep ignoring that the science is proving this to be the case, but how to beat out the big coal, big oil, and etc. Corps. lobbying efforts that keeps us in this status quo.

    The Worlds governments should be leading the way toward renewable resources as fast as possible, economically, doing so would increase employment and so on during the massive change. Its quite apparent that big business will not do this on its own, and if we don't start making real progress on this change, we could find ourselves having to do it under duress because of natures violent reactions and that could be too late for a lot of our urban centers.


    This is a very serious issue and really does require urgency in addressing it.

    I'm 58 but I can tell a difference in weather and the seasons in my short life.