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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Rice Univ Climate Expert: Rapid Loss of Greenland Ice Would Stop Ocean's Currents

You thought because of our weird weather with snow in Washington DC to Atlanta that climate change was not happening? Wrong.

Rice University climate expert Ron Sass gave a presentation to the League of Women Voters in Houston this week and showed how it was still a record HOT year for the planet overall. We didn't feel it in the middle of the U.S. because this year the HEAT went to the Canadian north and arctic regions - which were about 40 degrees WARMER than normal.

All the data on climate change shows is that the temperature trend is UP - only how much and how soon it becomes an irreversible disaster is in question. Who cares if it doesn't kill us at a specified time when the evidence is that if we don't act fast, climate change will kill us?

In his presentation, Ron Sass showed how just one aspect of climate change could have fatal and catastrophic consequences -- the loss of Greenland's icecap would stop the ocean current cycle that brings life to our planet by bringing up nutrients from the ocean floor. The Gulf Stream would terminate because of massive influx of fresh water from the Greenland ice melt, stopping that life cycle.

The two photos provided by Dr. Sass above are shots of the increase Greenland ice melt causing by the warming trend.

Sass also said another truth – that scientists are not split. Most agree on the science an overall conclusion we are beyond the normal natural cycle that existed the last 800,000 years.

The problem is with our media that if there are 10,000 people on one side and 5 on the other, the media makes it look like a "split" by giving the 5 equal time -- which does not reflect there their true proportion.

Health care reform won't matter, nor will anything else, if don't have a surviving planet.

If the climate proponents are wrong, we end up with cleaner energy, air and water. If the climate skeptics are wrong and we do nothing, we end up with an overheated, dying planet. Which is worse?

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