Monday, December 09, 2002

I'm Melting! I'm Melting!1-There appears to a lot of melting of the artic and Greenland icecaps, but it appears to be just normal fluctuations in ice coverage. Here's a great cop-out phrase
According to scientists, surface melt on Greenland was the highest in recorded history - and extended to elevations previously untouched by melt - while the amount of Arctic sea ice also reached a record low. While some of the accelerated melting appears to be linked to natural atmospheric oscillations, human influence could not be ruled out, said the scientists. Greenland glacier and sea ice melt, combined with disappearing permafrost, the northern expansion of vegetation, and increased fresh water run-off present a "compelling case that something is going on," said Larry Hinzman, of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
However, these folks would like that something to be global warming, so that they can put the brakes on industrial economies before we get to sing The Green, Green Grass of Nome. 1Sorry, watched the tail-end of The Wizard of Oz last night

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