Free Internet Press – February 19, 2007
This blog talks about the IPCC report that recently came out recently and focuses on the melting ice caps and glaciers. Within the article itself, it cites very little scientific evidence since it is discussing an existing report.
New studies of Greenland and Antarctica have forced a United Nations expert panel to conclude there is a 50% chance that widespread ice sheet loss “may no longer be avoided” because of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
…would raise sea levels by four to six meters (12 to 18 feet)…
The melting process could take centuries, but increased warming caused by a failure to cut emissions would accelerate the ice sheets’ demise, and give nations less time to adapt to the consequences.
According to a report by Christian Aid, only 16 of Britain’s top 100 listed companies are meeting the government’s most elementary reporting guidelines on greenhouse gas emissions.
some large-scale events (eg deglaciation of major ice sheets) may no longer be avoided due to historical greenhouse gas emissions and the inertia of the climate system
…not whether the ice sheets would break up, but how quickly.
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