In case I haven’t made it clear before — I believe in global warming. I believe it is partly a warming cycle in earth’s history and partly a result of man’s presence on earth. (Yes, even those committed to treading lightly have footprints.) However you assign the cause/blame, though, I don’t see how anyone can doubt that it is happening. Our glaciers and ice caps are melting, and sea levels are rising around the world. The melting ice is changing the salinity of the oceans (and hence the currents), the reflectivity of the planet, and the temperature of our atmosphere. Our climate is changing.
I’m not going to argue that Hurricane Sandy was a direct result of global warming because I don’t know. I don’t think a single incident proves much of anything. But it does does add another bit of evidence to the emerging picture of a warming atmosphere. Skeptics can deride the science all they want. They can talk about numbers being fudged, contrary research being suppressed, and misdeeds and intrigue in the scientific community. After all, figures can lie and liars can figure, right?
So rather than try to defend all the science, I’m suggesting people just use their eyes. There’s a mountain of photographic evidence showing that over many, many years, the planet’s ice is disappearing. Ignore it as “just” a natural warming cycle if you want, but keep in mind that cycles in earth’s history can last for tens of thousands of years. You’d best not assume you and your descendants can just ride this one out.
If you don’t want to look up all the photos and videos available online, maybe you should go see Chasing Ice. I understand it’s a visually stunningly film. And it was made by a man who was a climate change skeptic until a National Geographic assignment sent him to the Arctic and he saw for himself what was happening.
For more about the film, visit the Chasing Ice website.
- Sea Level Rise Caused Predominantly By Melting Glaciers (greenerideal.com)
- Chasing Ice: Compelling, Powerful–and I Hope, Influential (switchboard.nrdc.org)
- Warming temperatures will change Greenland’s face, experts predict (sciencedaily.com)
- Climate change requires leadership (dailyfreeman.com)
- 5 Ways Rapid Warming Is Changing the Arctic (livescience.com)
- New study shows Sandy a climate game-changer (mnn.com)
- Global warming: Sea level going up, up up … (summitcountyvoice.com)
- Global warming: Sea level rising faster than expected (summitcountyvoice.com)
- Chasing Ice: Following the Scientist Who Follows Global Warming (seattleweekly.com)