Archive for January, 2009

Greenland’s Glaciers Losing Ice Faster This Year Than Last Year

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Researchers watching the loss of ice flowing out from the giant island of Greenland say that the amount of ice lost this summer is nearly three times what was lost one year ago. The loss of floating ice in 2008 pouring from Greenland’s glaciers would cover an area twice the size of Manhattan Island in the U.S., they said. (read more)

Global Warming Impacts on U.S. Coming Sooner Than Expected, Report Predicts

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

A report released at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union on December 16 provides new insights on the potential for abrupt climate change and the effects it could have on the United States, identifying key concerns that include faster-than-expected loss of sea ice, rising sea levels and a possibly permanent state of drought in the American Southwest. (read more)


Glaciers Are Melting Faster Than Expected, UN Reports- Science Daily

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

The world’s glaciers are continuing to melt away with the latest official figures showing record losses, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today. Data from close to 30 reference glaciers in nine mountain ranges indicate that between the years 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 the average rate of melting and thinning more than doubled. (read more)

Civilization’s last chance: The planet is nearing a tipping point on climate change, and it gets much worse, fast.

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

By Bill McKibben for the Los Angeles Times

May 11, 2008

Even for Americans — who are constitutionally convinced that there will always be a second act, and a third, and a do-over after that, and, if necessary, a little public repentance and forgiveness and a Brand New Start — even for us, the world looks a little terminal right now.

It’s not just the economy: … It’s that, all of a sudden, those grim Club of Rome types who, way back in the 1970s, went on and on about the “limits to growth” suddenly seem … how best to put it, right.

All of a sudden it isn’t morning in America, it’s dusk on planet Earth. (read more)

5 Million Green Jobs

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Global warming represents not just an environemntal crisis but an economic crisis as well. A recent report estimates that doing nothing to mitigate climate change will cost the U.S. economy more than 3.6% of GDP or $3.8 trillion. Paul Volcker, the chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve under President Reagan, has flatly stated that “if [nothing is done,] you can be sure that the conomy will go down the drain in the next thiry years.” (full article)