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Global Warning – Arctic Meltdown & Aussie Apathy

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The reality of Global Warming has just kicked up several notches, making the Australian posture of ambient sabotage increasingly untenable.

In the last couple of days, the Japanese Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have analysed and presented alarming data recorded from space.

The sea ice area in the Arctic Ocean generally is at its smallest in mid-September, due to the region’s summer. However, since July each day’s coverage has been the lowest on record for that date. Furthermore the all-time record low, originally reached in September of 2005, was surpassed on August 15 and has been broken each day since.

Comparing the new data with forecasts made by the Kyoto consensus, JAMSTEC and JAXA scientists stated that “the sea ice area reduction pace may significantly exceed the IPCC forecast, and it may actually reach the forecasted values for 2040 to 2050”.

Ted Scambos, a glaciologist with the U.S. National Snow and Ice Centre, made two key observations regarding the data.

“It appears we’re on pace about 30 years earlier than expected to reach a state where we don’t have sea ice or at least not very much in late summer in the Arctic Ocean,” he said.

“Without that Arctic ice, or with much less of it, the Earth will warm much faster.”

Not only is Global Warming outpacing the cautious modeling of the IPCC, but it will do so at a worsening rate. The ice does not cool the planet by being cold, as much as it does by reflecting heat and covering black ocean surfaces which would otherwise suck that heat into the planet.

Consecutive Australian Ministers for the Environment have insisted that Australia is on target to meet her greenhouse emissions target under Kyoto. But recently released data from public interest consultancy, The Climate Institute, paints a far different picture.

Total Australian emissions from April 2006 to April 2007 were at 107.9% of 1990 levels.

Furthermore, they found that within the period surveyed, the increase in energy sector emissions was equivalent to putting 3.5 million more cars on the road.

Although the Government’s own Greenhouse Office forecasts increasing carbon emissions up until 2020, Environment Minister Turnbull now has one more unpleasant task. Namely, convincing intelligent voters that Aussie emissions won’t hit 108% until 2012.

Read here about the fresh batch of cognitive dissonance being brewed up for Telegraph readers and Southern Cross Broadcasting listeners this August.

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Written by typingisnotactivism

August 19, 2007 at 7:25 pm

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  1. So the whole world will be filled with wather???

    Stella

    November 23, 2007 at 1:55 am

  2. The big jump in sea levels will come from a combination of collapsing land-based ice sheets, with Greenland especially predicted to have an impact. But the immediate impacts of the Arctic meltdown will be even faster global heating due to even less reflection of heat away from the planet, as well as loss of a major habitat for species like the polar bear. Interestingly, certain species have been driven near population centres because of climate change impacts. Drought and the resultant loss of water and vegetation in Australia has driven snakes into dams, farms, and towns, and there have reportedly been increases in venomous spider populations near human habitation. With the change in ocean temperatures and currents, breeding and feeding gorunds for sharks along the east coast are also changing.

    Even climate scientists are being caught by surprise by some of the unforeseen consequences of global warming impacts.

    typingisnotactivism

    November 23, 2007 at 2:13 am


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