Massive Iceberg 'Twice the Size of Manhattan' Breaks Off Greenland Warming climate causing vast glacial melting in north

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    Jul 21, 2012 9:43 PM GMT
    A massive iceberg twice the size of Manhattan has broken off one of Greenland's major glaciers -- a development which scientists say is due to alarming warming in the region.

    The iceberg, measuring 46 square miles, is the second of its nature to break from Greenland in just two years. In 2010 an iceberg twice its size, one of the largest ever recorded in Greenland, broke free.

    "It's dramatic. It's disturbing," said University of Delaware professor Andreas Muenchow, one of the first researchers to notice the break. "We have data for 150 years and we see changes that we have not seen before. It's one of the manifestations that Greenland is changing very fast."

    "This is not part of natural variations anymore," said NASA glaciologist Eric Rignot, referring to the vast changes the glacier has seen in the past three years.

    Scientists are concerned about rising sea levels due to melting ice in the north. The Arctic had the largest sea ice loss on record for June, scientists reported this week, and Northern Greenland and Canada are warming five times faster than the average global temperature.

    "The Greenland ice sheet as a whole is shrinking, melting and reducing in size as the result of globally changing air and ocean temperatures and associated changes in circulation patterns in both the ocean and atmosphere," stated Muenchow.

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    But republicans "WON'T SEE IT, UNTIL THEY BELIEVE IT" !!!


    WHAT THE HELL IS IT GOING TO TAKE TO WAKE THEM UP ?



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    Jul 21, 2012 9:50 PM GMT
    realifedad saidScientists are concerned about rising sea levels due to melting ice in the north.

    I would think there would be concern about all that fresh water from the melting ice entering the ocean, too. The great currents of the Atlantic distribute heat from the equator region to the northern latitudes. These currents are reliant on the salinity of the oceans to operate. If all this fresh water dumps into the ocean, it could disrupt the currents > the heat distribution > the weather and climate > bringing much colder temperatures to northern Europe.
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    Jul 22, 2012 11:24 PM GMT
    shtttt!
    republiCU*Ts might be offended!
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    Jul 22, 2012 11:33 PM GMT
    To be a Republican politician today, you have to pretend global warming doesn't exist. Pay no attention to those glaciers the size of cities floating by, and especially don't pay attention to the fact that these are hottest months ever recorded, the country is in the midst of a massive drought and many states are engulfed in fire.