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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Global Warning

posted by on December 12 at 13:04 PM

Greenland’s ice sheet is melting fast and there might not be summer ice in the Arctic by the summer of 2012, not 2040 as researchers previously feared.

“The Arctic is often cited as the canary in the coal mine for climate warming,” said Zwally, who as a teenager hauled coal. “Now as a sign of climate warming, the canary has died. It is time to start getting out of the coal mines.”

Hm… I don’t know how I’ll break this to my pal that just bought a condo in lower Manhattan. How long until Canal Street is actual a canal?

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How long until Canal Street is under water? A very, very long time. Even if the entire Greenland ice sheet melts.

Canal Street is very valuable property, and thanks to the tremendous GDP that CO2 emission has allowed us to produce, we have a lot of resources to protect it against flooding and any other negative side-effects of industry.

The streets that will be underwater are the streets of poor nations that haven't produced much GDP or CO2.

Posted by David Wright | December 12, 2007 1:27 PM

"The canary has died." Brilliant!

Posted by Michigan Matt | December 12, 2007 1:34 PM

how long before the republicans use this to tout the benefits of global warming? Now trans-arctic shipping routes will be available! They will be able to grow pineapples in Alaska!

Posted by vooodooo84 | December 12, 2007 1:44 PM

So . . . what's the coal mine? Earth? 'Cause that's gonna be tricky.

Posted by Levislade | December 12, 2007 1:45 PM

@3, assuming you aren't being ironic, that's already been happening. There's been a lot of posturing over this past summer about who "owns" the Arctic, since it's looking to soon be a major shipping route and since all the oil and other resources under the Arctic seafloor will soon be accessible...

Posted by Peter | December 12, 2007 1:50 PM

Are you kidding? Think of the selling points for this "new location":

- On-the-water view

- Easily accessible yacht moorage

- No more panhandlers loitering outside your building

- On-site Aquarium

It's all double-plus good!

Posted by COMTE | December 12, 2007 2:04 PM

Just ask the waterfront millionaire property owners along the Gulf Coast of Texas ... their homes that used to be 200 feet from the beach are now below high tide ...

Global Warming is NOW.

Not tomorrow.


(p.s. I own waterfront property in Fremont ... well, maybe around 2150)

Posted by Will in Seattle | December 12, 2007 2:23 PM

@7 is erosion really climate change related? wasn't this just happening all the time and the residents just ignoring it until it was too late? or is it speeding up now?

Posted by vooodooo84 | December 12, 2007 2:54 PM

It's speeding up. Especially in the Gulf Coast. Just like the coral damage there.

Posted by Will in Seattle | December 12, 2007 3:16 PM

The global warming model is flawed!

Posted by raindrop | December 12, 2007 4:47 PM

FOX News?

Posted by mla | December 12, 2007 8:20 PM

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