First it was Arctic ice that melted faster than climate change models predicted .... now it is Antarctic ice that is disappearing faster than predicted. Tick Tock, Tick Tock, Tick Tock, Tick Tock ....the sands of time are running out - and the four horseman are saddling up.
The East Antarctic ice sheet, which makes up three-quarters of the continent's 14,000 sq km, is losing around 57bn tonnes of ice a year into surrounding waters, according to a satellite survey of the region. Scientists had thought the ice sheet was reasonably stable, but measurements taken from Nasa's gravity recovery and climate experiment (Grace) show that it started to lose ice steadily from 2006.Perhaps this is a good thing: it makes much harder for climate change deniers to spin their 'ideas." And perhaps it will trigger political will to Do Something!
It is clear that society is capable of responding dramatically to major threats when there is acceptance of a crisis. At that point, all previous arguments against action are consigned to the dustbin. (The One Degree War Plan by Randers and Gilding November 2009)I live in Hope.