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Global warming news so frightening that the media won’t touch it, plus further grim developments in Iraq

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Scientists studying Greenland have discovered evidence that melting is occurring at rapidly increasing rates, far faster than any models predicted. Phew, well, that means the modellers have it all wrong and we can all just relax. Yeah, in the same way that a forest fire spreading faster than anyone predicted is cause for relaxation. Glaciers flowing into the sea are moving ten times faster than they were a few years ago. If this keeps up Greenland will melt within decades.

Let me repeat that. If this keeps up, Greenland will melt within decades. The map above shows what Florida will look like if Greenland melts. The 20 foot rise in sea level is the only certain prediction if Greenland melts. Effects on global climate and ocean circulation patterns are anyone’s guess, but there are any number of extremely alarming possibilities. And we’re just going to adapt to this? I guess, in the sense that by definition the people who survive will be able to say they “adapted.”

The so called liberal media is almost completely avoiding this story, yet when the political shill Bush put in charge of NASA doubts global warming…it’s front page news? Oh well. Going to be an interesting few decades. I have a thought, if Greenland melts and global sea level rises by 20 feet…will the skeptics merely say “correlation is not causation, maybe the sea level rise was caused by something else?”

And while we are on the subject of depressing developments, the news out of Iraq is really grim. The violence continues unabated, but it’s worse than that. For one thing Turkey has been threatening to invade Northern Iraq. That’s right, Turkey, our loyal ally, is threatening to send troops into Northern Iraq. Would this be Operation Iraqi Unfreedom? Northern Iraq so far has been our one sort of Iraqi success story so far, but if this happens God only knows what the result will be. That Turkey can even make these threats so brazenly shows just how impotent the USA now is.

Insurgents have begun systematically destroying bridges and other infrastructure in Iraq. Again, this is terrible news. This does more damage to what is left of Iraq’s economy, and more hinders the ability of coalition forces to move around. Both of which benefit the insurgents and hurt the USA. And every transit route cut off means it’s harder to supply our bases, and makes it easier for insurgents to ambush our supply columns. It also leads to the distressing possibility that even larger scale action against US forces is being planned.

And to top it all off, there is increasing evidence that Iran is supplying the insurgents with more sophisticated weapons. Remember what nightmare Afghanistan turned into for the Russians after the US gave the Mujahideen modern weapons? The tables being turned on us is not a pleasant thought. And railing about how terrible it is for Iran to do this isn’t going to help, I mean, did we think that spending years threatening them, invading their neighbours, and demonizing their government was going to make them cooperate with us? And this isn’t something bombing Iran will help either. Insurgent supply lines can’t be cut with air power, we learnt that in Vietnam. Or at least some of us did.

Call me an alarmist, but I’m predicting nothing but bad news on the Iraq and global warming fronts in the near future. And sadly the guy in the White House seems to be in denial about both. I have been saying for years that Mr Bush’s policies are little better than re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. At this rate Bush’s successor is going to have some really interesting choices to make. On the other hand, Al Gore is a really smart man, that has to be a plus. hehe.

(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It is not being used for profit and it is central to illustrating the post. Credit: Think Progress.)



Written by unitedcats

June 3, 2007 at 6:27 am

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  1. Turkey Iraq tensions and US hypocrisy has just posted my point of view. CNN broadcasting very positive news on Iraq. I believe Michael Ware is not in Iraq and other reporters believe that it is unpatriotic to report the actual situation on the ground. CNN never reported that Iraqi Resistance now is destrorying bridges.


    June 3, 2007 at 9:04 am

  2. Hey Doug, long time no see. I have been very busy. I was wondering where you got the picture of Florida – because I’d like to see what Cuba would look like under the same conditions! And of course Indonesia and the rest of the Islands around the Pacific.

    If the oceans rise 20′ where are all of those people going to go?


    June 5, 2007 at 3:08 pm

  3. The source of the Florida pic is in the image credits, but that’s all they have at that site. I’m trying to find a good site with maps of various places and various possible sea level changes, when I find a good one I will post it. As for where all those people will go, inland I suppose. It’s not going to be pretty.


    June 6, 2007 at 6:28 am

  4. Oh, found one. This is a global map where one can see the changes from a 1m to a 14m rise in sea level:

    Flood Map

    Greenland melting would be about a 6m rise, the West Antarctic Ice Sheet melting would be about a 10m rise. —Doug


    June 6, 2007 at 8:42 am

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