The Sky is falling, The Sky is falling…


Satellite records now show that the artic ice is now 20% less than the 1978-2000 average. The area covered by sea ice in the Arctic has shrunk for a fourth consecutive year, according to new data released by US scientists. The Arctic climate varies naturally, but the researchers conclude that human-induced global warming is at least partially responsible. They warn the shrinkage could lead to even faster melting in coming years. The current rate of shrinkage they calculate at 8% per decade; at this rate there may be no ice at all during the summer of 2060.

How is this still a controversial issue? How is it that we are not worried about this and how it will affect us in the future? The evidence is growing very strong year after year, part of what we're seeing now is the increased greenhouse effect. We have waited way too long to react and the damage is done. Where do we go from here…

Matthew, Sep 30 2005 9:31AM

I am looking forward to the milder winters in Canada. We will all be escaping there eventually. I have no doubt that the earth's ecosystem is robust enough to recover from the havoc we as a species are inflicting. What's a few millenia of rotting human corpes and cockroach rule in the big picture?

mark, Sep 30 2005 10:20AM

hey, i figure if the earth can bounce back from a dinosaur clearing event like a meteor strike, then everything will be fine. look at all the uses we have found for dinosaur remains (oil, natural gas, etc.). imagine what future inhabitants of the earth can do with what we leave behind.

the earth always seems to bounce back. too bad individual species aren't as resilient. does anybody really miss the dodo?