Canada's Arctic glaciers headed for unstoppable thaw: study

Discussion in 'Politics' started by futurecurrents, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle | Reuters – Fri, Mar 8, 2013

    OSLO (Reuters) - Canadian glaciers that are the world's third biggest store of ice after Antarctica and Greenland seem headed for an irreversible melt that will push up sea levels, scientists said on Thursday.
    About 20 percent of the ice in glaciers, on islands such as Ellesmere or Devon off northern Canada, could vanish by the end of the 21st century in a melt that would add 3.5 cm (1.4 inch) to global sea levels, they said.
    Governments are trying to understand every likely centimeter of sea level rise caused by global warming to plan how to protect cities from New York to Shanghai or low-lying coasts from Ghana to Bangladesh.
    "We believe that the mass loss is irreversible in the foreseeable future" assuming continued climate change, the scientists, based in the Netherlands and the United States, wrote in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.
    Lead author Jan Lenaerts of the University of Utrecht told Reuters that the trend seemed unstoppable because a thaw of white glaciers would expose dark-colored tundra that would soak up more of the sun's heat and further accelerate the melt.
  2. Lucrum


    This is good actually, now maybe we can finally see some bikini's in Canada.
  3. I spend a lot of time in Toronto working on banking projects.

    Canada can seriously use some global warming!
  4. Thanks for the good news.
  5. pspr



    From the Nature abhors a vacuum department comes this note from RealScience showing that Arctic sea ice has made a stunning rebound since the record low recorded in the late summer of 2012.

    With a few weeks of growth still to occur, the Arctic has blown away the previous record for ice gain this winter. This is only the third winter in history when more than 10 million km² of new ice has formed.

    Source data:

    Of course, this is only a record for the satellite era data back to about 1980, and just like the much ballyhooed record low of 2012, we have no hard data to tell us if this has happened before or not.

    Here’s the current Cryosphere Today plot, note the steep rebound right after the summer minimum, something also noted in Sea Ice News Volume 3 Number 14 – Arctic refreeze fastest ever:

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  6. You are such an idiot fraud it's not even funny. Rates of winter ice gain (from summer levels) are irrelevant. But you are too stupid to realize the fraud that Watts is doing. Winter gain is not the same as ice extant douchebag. Lying douchebaggerry.

    Yet again you have to go to unreliable sources for your bullshit. Why oh why can't you use authoritative reliable mainstream science sources? Like this...


  7. I'm making a horror film where a sadistic snowman sets death traps for other snowmen and they have to melt bits of themselves to escape.

    It's called Unstoppable Thaw.
  8. Why can't that idiot pisspoor use charts from reliable sources like NOAA?

  9. Really?
  10. pspr


    You are a moron futurecunt. I guess you are not a trader since you have trouble reading even the simplest of charts.

    Stop being such an idiot and a fool. You are embarrassing us before the thinking men and women reading this forum.

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    Look. There hasn't been any global warming for 17 years even according the the UN's IPCC which promotes global warming.

    And, even NASA is saying the sun is going into a cooling cycle that could take us into a cooling period possibly as cold as it was 400 years ago.

    So, stop playing the fool and accept what science is saying about the future. the 15 years or so of warming in the late 90's is over. Cooling is going to be the next event!
    #10     Mar 10, 2013