Greenland glaciers present threat if Earth warms up, scientist says
kegebein at planttel.net
Sat Apr 29 18:39:14 EST 2000
truffler1635 at my-deja.com wrote:
> In article <3904D885.F5A2C255 at daviesand.com>,
> Karl Davies <karl at daviesand.com> wrote:
> > truffler1635 at my-deja.com wrote:
> > > 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."
> > Is that 2 degrees F or 2 degrees C? If you want to see what eventually
> > happens when temperatures increase by 2 degrees C, go to
> > http://www.daviesand.com/Choices/Precautionary_Planning/New_Data/. Looks
> > like the melting ice causes a shut down of the thermohaline circulation,
> > which ushers in the next glacial phase. But who knows what the time scales
> > are?
> Excellent question Karl. And considerable difference between 2 degrees C
> and F. But I believe the reference is to F. An examination of the
> Greenland ice sheet last year, as measured from satellite survellance,
> indicated a melting of 4 feet of ice in one year. This was attributed to
> the unseasonably warm North Atlantic, as I recall.
> Daniel B. Wheeler
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