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Giant Antarctic ice shelf breaks into the sea

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The collapse of this ice shelf has been predicted for some time. The problem is that the collapse is happening much faster than had been predicted. Our experience of the impact of climate change is inadequate to build accurate predictive models. And of course the constant barrage of unscientific, self interested, “skepticism” has not helped. But do not expect any apologies from those quarters. Whatever we do now will be too late to save the Wilkins ice shelf and the consequent rise in sea level. And the loss of a huge reflective surface. Like many of the effects of climate change they have inbuilt accelerators.

I wonder how long our politicians can continue to waffle on about the economic impact of GHG reduction in the face of events like this.

Written by Stephen Rees

March 26, 2008 at 11:40 am

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  1. Oh, crap.
    Someone send this to Gordo and the Falconator!
    Why do politicians waffle so much about issues that are obviously dangerous and imperative? e.g. the government finds it necessary to do their own research on the effects of Bisphenol-A before changing regulations when studies have already confirmed its toxicity.

    Erika Rathje

    March 26, 2008 at 4:06 pm

  2. it is not so much as to denial, but as to stopping progression! like the last cube in a glass,it melts faster -things in motion tend to stay in motion -we (all countries) could stop polluting tomorrow ,which we aren`t but world melt will continue–what we see today, is not the result of yesterday and last week, we see the result of a 50year plus assault, —–like the light of far away galaxies so to is the retreat and death of old-growth ice! ……………………..signed………………………jack on the rocks

    grant g

    March 26, 2008 at 5:16 pm

  3. we are seeing the last 50 years of relentless assault on the ice , and enviro———–things in motion tend to stay in motion, we could stop polluting tomorrow ,it would still take decades to turn it around!– the ice is toast———30 years to prepare for sea rise-beware the low-bank beach front ..signed…………………………………………………acme levee and seawall restoration co.

    grant g

    March 27, 2008 at 10:51 am

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