New research has discovered that massive ice sheets existed on the earth during past periods of global warming, giving us hope that sea levels may not rise to disastrous levels during this one.

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography has found strong evidence that a glacial ice cap, about half the size of the modern day glacial ice sheet, existed 91 million years ago during a period of intense global warming. This extreme warming event in Earth?s history raised tropical ocean temperatures to 95-98.6

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The ocean is no longer doing it very well.Forests are no longer doing it much either. But that doesn’t mean WE can’t do it.

In, Charles Q. Choi writes that scientistsare working on ways to “pull carbon dioxide straight from the air to potentially attack global warming directly.” He quotes researcher Frank Zeman as saying, “The technology to do this is going through major advances, moving toward detailed designs. It’s becoming more and more efficient?we’ve cut the electricity requirements by well over half” (it doesn?t help if the machines that REMOVE greenhouse gases also CONTRIBUTE to them).
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Santa may have to retire from the North Pole soon, because arctic is becoming more and more like the weather in California. Climatologist Mark Serreze says, “The Arctic is screaming.” What does he mean? It’s MELTING. And it turns out the melting in Greenland is not only due to global warming?there’s also the problem of underground heat wafting up from the interior of the earth.
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Global Warming isn’t just happening now?it’s happened in the past, as well. Is there anything we can learn from those times that will help us today?

In New Scientist, Fred Pearce writes, “It was the biggest climate event of the last 10,000 years and caused the most dramatic change in the weather since humans began farming. And it may yet hold important lessons about climate change in the 21st century.”

He’s referring to the fact that ice cores have revealed that 8,000 years ago, a huge glacier in Canada melted, spilling huge amounts of fresh water into the North Atlantic, which shut down the Gulf Stream and cooled parts of the northern hemisphere for more than a hundred years. The same thing is happending to the Gulf Stream today.
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