Greenland glaciers present threat if Earth warms up, scientist says

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>From The Oregonian, April 19, 2000, pA17

Greenland glaciers present threat if Earth warms up, scientist says

	Scientist who have been watching the West Antarctic ice sheet for
signs of melting say the bigger threat comes from glaciers in Greenland.
	Curt Cuffey, a geographer at the University of California at
Berkeley, said that Greenland's glaciers are more likely to melt with
dire consequences as the Earth warms up. "If nothing is done to
stabilize our climate, the sea levels rise as much as 6 meters (20
feet), you'll flood the southern half of Florida, the southern half of
Louisiana," Cuffey said. "A 2-degree global warming doesn't sound like
much, but you have to realize the consequences can be really quite
disastrous."
	Cuffey and his colleagues reported their findings in the April 6
issue of the journal Nature. They extracted ice cores from Greenland's
ice sheets to look for clues to the last "interglacial period" - a warm
period about 120,000 years ago. They found evidence that much of
Greenland's ice melted. They calculated as much as 16 feet of the
world's sea-level rise occurred in a few thousand years.

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