Posted by: Michael D. Austin | July 27, 2012

Timeline of Anthropogenic Change Collapsing

From The Guardian. See the note* at the end of this article for its caption.

From long-time friend Stephan A. Schwartz, via his SchwartzReport, came notice of this watermark article in The Guardian. Grim pun intended. Stephan and I have discussed rising sea levels, and both agree it’s a significant problem which only scientists have noticed. I’d agree with virtually anything Stephan would say or write about this because I know him to be one of the most accurate scientists alive. Atmospheric scientist and proponent of the Gaia Theory, James Lovelock, has written that sea level rise is a better indicator of anthropogenic climate changes than are global CO2 or other greenhouse gases. You’ll want to remember this if you’re inclined to vote a climate change denier into office in a few months.

Stephan wrote about this Guardian article:

“You have probably already seen the charts, if not please click through and look at them. They are stunning. So radical that I have waited a couple of days on this story, to make sure it was not being overstated. I did this because the implications are so dire I did not want to be charged with over-reacting. Two days of research leaves me convinced that it really is that bad, and I am not.

This story also illustrates what I have said before: the one thing that changes in the climate change we are experiencing is the collapse of the time line.

The rise of sea level is going to impact the world’s coasts, and coastal cities sooner than expected, it is now clear. The time to prepare for this rise just shrank. Your life just got more complicated. If you live on the coast somewhere I would start watching this trend very very closely. The beginning of the migration away from those coastal regions will start when the reinsurance giants like Zurich stop writing policies, or price them beyond most buyer’s limits.”

That last sentence will fill with darkness the hearts of disaster capitalists like those who benefited from Hurricane Katrina or the BP Gulf oil disaster.

The Guardian article:

“The Greenland ice sheet melted at a faster rate this month than at any other time in recorded history, with virtually the entire ice sheet showing signs of thaw.

The rapid melting over just four days was captured by three satellites. It has stunned and alarmed scientists, and deepened fears about the pace and future consequences of climate change.

In a statement posted on Nasa‘s website on Tuesday, scientists admitted the satellite data was so striking they thought at first there had to be a mistake.

‘This was so extraordinary that at first I questioned the result: was this real or was it due to a data error?” Son Nghiem of Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena said in the release.”Read the rest by clicking here.

* The Guardian’s photo caption: “Extent of surface melt over Greenland’s ice sheet on 8 July (left) and 12 July (right). Measurements from three satellites showed that on 8 July, about 40% of the ice sheet had undergone thawing at or near the surface. In just a few days, the melting had dramatically accelerated and an estimated 97% of the ice sheet surface had thawed by 12 July. In the image, the areas classified as ‘probable melt’ (light pink) correspond to those sites where at least one satellite detected surface melting. The areas classified as ‘melt’ (dark pink) correspond to sites where two or three satellites detected surface melting. Photograph: Nasa”


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