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Published on August 15th, 2012 | by Steven Hodson

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The Melting Of Greenland Breaks Record Before End Of Season





It doesn’t surprise me at all that the anti climate change argument still continues on as it is funded by companies and people with too much to lose, meaning money, if we were to actually take the change that is happening all around us seriously before it is too late.

Unfortunately I think that nothing will change attitude wise as we rush headlong towards the tipping point after which it won’t matter what we do and it is news like the Greenland melt that shows how close we could be getting to that tipping point.

In a new report from the ongoing analysis of Greenland’s ice sheet by Professor Tedesco, an assistant professor of Earth and atmospheric sciences at The City College of New York, we find out that the ice sheet melting on Greenland has already exceeded the previous record of 2010.

The melting season of Greenland usually lasts from June; which is when the first puddles of meltwater appear, to early September when things begin to freeze up again. This year the melt in the first weeks of August had already surpassed previous records.

“With more yet to come in August, this year’s overall melting will fall way above the old records. That’s a goliath year – the greatest melt since satellite recording began in 1979,” said Professor Tedesco.

This spells a change for the face of southern Greenland, he added, with the ice sheet thinning at its edges and lakes on top of glaciers proliferating.

Professor Tedesco noted that these changes jibe with what most of the models predict – the difference is how quickly this seems to be happening.

via Phys.org

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