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Antarctica melting? Sounds familiar…

Scientists have been murmuring about Global Warming for years and years, but their theories have always been dismissed due to lack of evidence. Well, finally, they’ve got evidence.

Although it’s hard to be sure, the ice at the poles seems to be disappearing at a rapid rate due to Global Warming. “With temperatures climbing in parts of Antarctica in recent years, melt water seems to be penetrating deeper and deeper into ice crevices, weakening immense and seemingly impregnable formations that have developed over thousands of years.” Evidence is piling up thanks to studies by the British Antarctic Survey and NASA. NASA, who’s partnered with the Center for Scientific Studies (a private Chilean organization), is using airplanes specially equipped with lasers and advanced radar to measure the thickness of ice in the Antarctic and Patagonian ice shelves.

Something needs to be done. See, there are ice shelves, big, floating masses of ice, that surround Antarctica. One they’ve melted and broken off from the mainland, all the inland glaciers will advance much more quickly towards the ocean. Scientists like Dr. Claudio Teitelboim, the director of the Center for Scientific Studies, compare the process to a cork being removed from a bottle: “…once the cork is dislodged, the contents of the bottle flow out, and that can generate tremendous instability.”

More money needs to be put into the development of alternative fuels, fuels that give off less (or no) toxic emissions. These emissions rise up into the atmosphere and end up at the poles of the Earth. They eat away at the ozone layer covering the ice, allowing harmful sun rays to come through more easily. The same goes for fumes given off by factories; stricter regulations are necessary to limit the exhaust that they give off.

“Nature is playing a little experiment with us, showing us what could happen if the plug were to be removed,” warns Dr. Eric Rignot, a glaciologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.

People (especially those higher-up) need to wake up and realize that if something isn’t done soon, we may have to start looking a lot harder for water on Mars.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/25/science/earth/25ice.html?oref=login&pagewanted=all&position=

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January 26, 2005 - Posted by | The Progressive Movement

2 Comments »

  1. Is this site back up? And who is Stephen? Is that Stephen F. ?

    Comment by rwa2 | January 26, 2005 | Reply

  2. the site is back up, and I am a new writer for the Liberal Youth blog. My last name initials are DK.

    Comment by Stephen DK | January 27, 2005 | Reply


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