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Greenland is Melting

NASA satellites reveal that the surface of Greenland's massive ice sheet has melted this month over an unusually large area. NASA has been monitoring the Greenland melt for 30 years, and they're calling this one "unprecedented," partly because it's so large and also because it occurred at the COLDEST part of the country, Summit station. The thawed area went from 40% of the ice sheet to 97% in just four days, starting on July 8th.

BBC News (notice that you don't read this in the US papers?) quotes NASA scientist Waleed Abdalati as saying, "When we see melt in places that we haven't seen before, at least in a long period of time, it makes you sit up and ask what's happening. It's a big signal, the meaning of which we're going to sort out for years to come."

A large Greenland melt happened once before fairly recently, in 1989, satellites noted that 55% of the area had melted. Because melting events of this type occur about once every 150 years, scientists aren't sure whether this is a natural but rare event, or if it was caused by man-made climate change--or both.

BBC quotes NASA's Tom Wagner as saying, "This event, combined with other natural but uncommon phenomena, such as the large calving event last week on Petermann Glacier, are part of a complex story."

But just because it's complex, that doesn't mean we shouldn't pay attention to it. It's so complex that Whitley needed someone to EXPLAIN it to him, and in 1998, the Master of the Key burst into Whitley Strieber's hotel room and alerted him about the upcoming climate change, that can be seen by the photo accompanying this story, which shows recent "before" and "after" photos of Greenland.

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It begins...

This can't be good...

The story above says, "notice that you don't read this in the US papers?"

Actually the story is in your much maligned New York Times:
http://tinyurl.com/br5bh4m

I enjoy much of UC's content, but readers really need to be careful and discerning about what's sometimes presented here, as it veers into the amateurish and the (presumed unintentionally) misleading.

I just did a quick search on Google and the following US news sites, amongst others, are reporting the story, so not as hushed as the above UC article suggests...

CBS News
USA Today
Washington Post
New York Times
CNN

Yeah, they just reported it on the 6:30 pm news I was watching. Pretty alarming!!! I live here in Indianapolis Indiana and we had 104 degree temps today and no rain to speak of since early June. Everything is dying and dead. The grass, bushes and trees are under so much stress. What is keeping it from raining? What is causing the jet stream from sweeping the storms across the US as usual? Indiana is usually a very rainy, lush, green place too!!! Something is very wrong!!!!

If I were a conspiracy theorist, I might suggest that the jet stream had been temporarily modified to make sure the UK have good weather for the Olympics. Over the last several weeks we have had inordinate amounts of rain, breaking all sorts of records...and now, just as the Olympics approaches the opening ceremony, it calms down and we start to see blue skies and warm weather...

China attempted to modify the weather before their Olympics...
http://www.usatoday.com/weather/research/2008-02-29-china-weather_N.htm
http://www.technologyreview.com/news/409794/weather-engineering-in-china/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_modification

Who knows, maybe the tech has improved to the point where they can even shift the jet stream if they so wish...and that this is what has caused the weather problems elsewhere, as a knock-on effect.

Just saying (if I were a conspiracy theorist)...

;-)

The PBS News Hour carried the story, and the scientist who accompanied it mentioned that the weather equipment at the 12,000 foot level in Greenland, where it is usually frozen year-round, was melting with air temperatures as much as 40 degrees higher than normal. That's serious stuff.

When the temp's spike up above the Artic circle the galciers will excelerate their melt then the , freshening of the Atlantic will increase, equalizing the salinity gradients (underwater waterfalls) this will slow the gulf stream to a stop. Then we will see a collision of the cold dome into the warmer dome causing mega storms.
And the new ice age that occured 10,500 year ago will begin.

Pretty wild...

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