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    Default Glaciers suffer record shrinkage - For deniers of glacial melting

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7299561.stm

    The rate at which some of the world's glaciers are melting has more than doubled, data from the United Nations Environment Programme has shown.

    Average glacial shrinkage has risen from 30 centimetres per year between 1980 and 1999, to 1.5 metres in 2006.

    Some of the biggest losses have occurred in the Alps and Pyrenees mountain ranges in Europe.

    Experts have called for "immediate action" to reverse the trend, which is seen as a key climate change indicator.



    Estimates for 2006 indicate shrinkage of 1.4 metres of 'water equivalent' compared to half a metre in 2005.

    Achim Steiner, Under-Secretary General of the UN and executive director of its environment programme (UNEP), said: "Millions if not billions of people depend directly or indirectly on these natural water storage facilities for drinking water, agriculture, industry and power generation during key parts of the year.

    "There are many canaries emerging in the climate change coal mine. The glaciers are perhaps among those making the most noise and it is absolutely essential that everyone sits up and takes notice.

    Litmus test

    He said that action was already being taken and pointed out that the elements of a green economy were emerging from the more the money invested in renewable energies.

    Mr Steiner went on: "The litmus test will come in late 2009 at the climate convention meeting in Copenhagen.

    "Here governments must agree on a decisive new emissions reduction and adaptation-focused regime. Otherwise, and like the glaciers, our room for manoeuvre and the opportunity to act may simply melt away."

    Dr Ian Willis, of the Scott Polar Research Institute, said: "It is not too late to stop the shrinkage of these ice sheets but we need to take action immediately."

    The findings were compiled by the World Glacier Monitoring Service which is supported by UNEP. Thickening and thinning is calculated in terms of 'water equivalent'.

    Glaciers across nine mountain ranges were analysed.

    Triftgletscher glacier in Switzerland Image: Glaciers Online/Jurg Alean
    Glaciers have been monitored for more than a century

    Dr. Wilfried Haeberli, director of the service, said: "The latest figures are part of what appears to be an accelerating trend with no apparent end in sight.

    "This continues the trend in accelerated ice loss during the past two and a half decades and brings the total loss since 1980 to more than 10.5 metres of water equivalent."

    During 1980-1999, average loss rates had been 0.3 metres per year. Since the turn of the millennium, this rate had increased to about half a metre per year.

    The record annual loss during these two decades - 0.7 metres in 1998 - has now been exceeded by three out of the past six year (2003, 2004 and 2006).

    On average, one metre water equivalent corresponds to 1.1 metres in ice thickness. That suggests a further shrinking in 2006 of 1.5 actual metres and since 1980 a total reduction in thickness of ice of just over 11.5 metres or almost 38 feet.

    In its entirety, the research includes figures from around 100 glaciers, with data showing significant shrinkage taking place in European countries including Austria, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.

    Norway's Breidalblikkbrea glacier thinned by almost 3.1 metres in one of the largest reductions.
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    frack you global warming.
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    No one is denying glacial melting, just denying the cause.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Icej
    No one is denying glacial melting, just denying the cause.
    yeah, good point. democrats and there "global warming" hoohaa
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    Quote Originally Posted by Icej
    No one is denying glacial melting, just denying the cause.
    Posted this because I remembered the massive global warming debate people had on here. Some people were stating that glaciers, particularly on the polar ice caps, were not melting at all. While these may not be on the ice caps, the article speaks for itself. You have a good point too.
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    global cooling ftw!
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    yeah, Global Warming and Global Cooling has been happening since the earth was created. How do you think both of the ice ages started and ended?
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    earth goes through cycles , and the media wants to scare .

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    Hahahahaha. I was convinced this read "Glacial surfers record shrinkage"

    Would have been epic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Icej
    No one is denying glacial melting, just denying the cause.
    ditto.

    although i think some hippie on here was trying to say no glaciers were receding...
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    What are you all evangelicals? Do you think you can pollute the earth and strip it of all it's natural resources without any consequences?
    Yes the earth has cycles but don't you think we're adding to the problem?
    Mass pollution of our air and water, stripping forests clean, but hey who cares we'll be dead in 60 years

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    part of a natural cycle

    god damn democrats with all that propaganda
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    global warming = mostly natural

    energy saving technologies = still a good idea

    end of story
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    well we all know why, glaciers sit in that cold water all day
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    thats no excuse
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    Man, we got those glaciers on the run. It's great. Now we have an actual Northwest passage, More oil fields are being discovered, not to mention all those frozen mammoth carcasses.
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    Some of you people need to turn off the Rush Limbaugh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharkboy
    Man, we got those glaciers on the run. It's great. Now we have an actual Northwest passage, More oil fields are being discovered, not to mention all those frozen mammoth carcasses.
    Frozen mammoth carcasses are so ftw.
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    I hate major shrinkage.
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    Trapped carbon dioxide emission will raise the temperature of an object. This has been tested and proven many times by peer evaluated studies. There is a slight possibility (although from what I have read and seen unlikely) that global warming is just a cyclic phenomenom, but what do you say to your kids if its not. Oil is going to run out soon anyways so we might as well work on a solution.

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    I don't know much about this global warming thing. But if it's getting hotter, wouldn't it mean better beach days?
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    Its a natural cycle but we are speeding it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duffskim
    global warming = mostly natural

    energy saving technologies = still a good idea

    end of story

    exactly

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    Quote Originally Posted by narwhal
    Some of you people need to turn off the Rush Limbaugh.
    Probably the only worthwhile post in the thread. All you stupid highschool kids scare me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CustomKO
    earth goes through cycles , and the media wants to scare .
    custom is 100% right, when does the media actually produce anything that isnt meant to scare the public?
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    dont make me bust out my geology degree on this topic.... people need to remember that the earth is about 4.5 billion years old!! this planet has gone through so many cycyles (separating, re-connecting, droughts, sea level rising then dropping all the time) were in the middle of a climate change... all this talk bout global warming is bull shit. earth is on a cycle. this so called "global warming" has been going on since the late 70s. now is when people are getting crazy on the subject. people need to chill out. the ocean temp has only gone up about 1 freakin degree... i guess what im trying to say is that the answer to all this climate change is simple.... its called plate tectonics.
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    no that makes too much sense!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Vaughan
    There is a slight possibility (although from what I have read and seen unlikely) that global warming is just a cyclic phenomenom, but what do you say to your kids if its not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Vaughan
    Trapped carbon dioxide emission will raise the temperature of an object. This has been tested and proven many times by peer evaluated studies. There is a slight possibility (although from what I have read and seen unlikely) that global warming is just a cyclic phenomenom, but what do you say to your kids if its not. Oil is going to run out soon anyways so we might as well work on a solution.
    do u have any idea how much oil we have near the gulf of mexico?? those are our reserves which will need lots of drilling. there is so much oil there from when the glaciers covered most of the country, then everything drained down to there bringing lots of stuff in its trail.... and carbon dioxide has been stuck in our atmosphere since the late 1800s and is going no where. CO2 takes hundreds of years to go away, so for now all the co2 aint going no where.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skimr818
    dont make me bust out my geology degree on this topic.... people need to remember that the earth is about 4.5 billion years old!! this planet has gone through so many cycyles (separating, re-connecting, droughts, sea level rising then dropping all the time) were in the middle of a climate change... all this talk bout global warming is bull shit. earth is on a cycle. this so called "global warming" has been going on since the late 70s. now is when people are getting crazy on the subject. people need to chill out. the ocean temp has only gone up about 1 freakin degree... i guess what im trying to say is that the answer to all this climate change is simple.... its called plate tectonics.
    Only 1 freakin degree? Thats actually a lot. Plate tectonics? So earthquakes and volcanoes are are causing global warming? There is dumb, and then there is ignorant. If you have a degree in geology you aren't dumb, so you must be ignorant.
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    apparently u dont know shit bout plate tectonics. noob mistake its all good. actually plate tectonics plays a HUGE part of climate change. ever heard of hot spots cause of movement?? do i really have to go into detail just for u D R??
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    If you have this high and mighty degree..

    Why do you present yourself like guy in highschool writing about the Globalz Warmings?

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    becuz i take geologys noob nawt anglish grammar skuul.
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    when did University of Phoenix add Geology to its repertoire?
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