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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:56 AM
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"The Earth Is Melting At Both Ends"
This is just terrifying....

March 2, 2006 For the first time, scientists have confirmed Earth is melting at both ends, which could have disastrous effects for coastal cities and villages.

Antarctica has been called "a slumbering giant" by a climate scientist who predicts that if all the ice melted, sea levels would rise by 200 feet. Other scientists believe that such a thing won't happen, but new studies show that the slumbering giant has started to stir.

Recent studies have confirmed that the North Pole and the South Pole have started melting.

Experts have long predicted that global warming would start to melt Greenland's two-mile-thick ice sheet, but they also thought the more massive ice sheet covering Antarctica would increase in the 21st century.


It seems they were wrong.

Two new studies find that despite the increasing snowfall that comes with global warming as a result of the increased moisture in the air, Antarctica's ice sheets are losing far more than the snow is adding.

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Technology/story?id=1678602&p...
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:07 AM
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1. when will businesses and more importantly
global stockmarkets begin to reflect the real state of emergency the environment is in?

it's gonna bite these guys in the ass --
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The2ndWheel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:16 AM
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2. We're gonna need a bigger boat
If you believe heaven exists, you'll have a great "in" story...

"How did you die?"

"When the world melted."
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FloridaPat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:17 AM
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3. At one time Antartica was without ice. The human race survived.
Could make all the seaport cities like New Orleans with levees around all of them.
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misanthrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:19 AM
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11. If the Antarctic cap melts...
...the sea levels rise 240 feet. Greenland will contribute to it as well although not as much. The Arctic cap is already in the drink so it won't affect sea levels.

At any rate, with a rise of 240 feet, levees will be out of the question and most of Louisiana will be beneath the waves.

Find a topographical map and draw a blue line at the 240 altitude mark to see what the new coastline will look like.

Most of the world's major cities will be in big trouble.
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Minnesota Libra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:23 AM
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4. Before long we will have the choice of......
....being flooded out because we live near a major water way (I'm along the Mississippi) or being baked by the sun constantly because we live in an arid area. :shrug: Oh but according to Bush there is nothing to global warming. :grr:
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MoonRiver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:32 AM
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5. I used to think this was not going to happen for decades.
But it seems we are right on the brink of the precipice: Europe freezing due to a shut down of the gulf stream, America becoming a vast waterless desert, disappearing great coastal cities, hurricanes and tornadoes of previously unknown ferocity, mass die outs of species....and the list goes on and on.
:scared:
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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:27 AM
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6. And we humans are a species in danger of dying out.
Or at least having our number drastically cut back.
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MoonRiver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:15 AM
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7. We routinely kill, torture, and abuse our biological young.
Other sentient species may kill another's biological young, but rarely, deliberately, their own. Our cerebellums have not evolved far enough to control our brain stems. Unfortunately our increased mental power has allowed us us to get very creative with expressing primitive aggressive urges.
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misanthrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:12 AM
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9. North America...
...won't become a vast waterless desert. Arid regions may expand or shift, but the entirety of the continent won't be a desert by a long shot.
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thinkingwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:22 AM
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12. Very true, in fact...
the climate in some areas may actually improve.

But we're not supposed to talk about that.
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Toots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:59 AM
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8. But the entire Bush* Cabal will be wallowing in their illgained wealth
As Bush* said "people just need to turn on their air conditioners" and they can afford to have the best damn air conditioners made.
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lectrobyte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:16 AM
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10. Not with a bang, but a whimper...
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