Why you should be very concerned about Greenland's literal meltdown

“NASA-supported researchers have found that ice covering Greenland is melting faster than previously thought. The action is happening out of sight, below the surface.”

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Why should you care? NASA:

More than 90 percent of our planet’s freshwater ice is bound in the massive ice sheets and glaciers of the Antarctic and Greenland. As temperatures around the world slowly climb, melt waters from these vast stores of ice add to rising sea levels. All by itself, Greenland could bump sea levels by 7 meters (23 feet) if its ice melted completely.

[NASA / YouTube]

A river of meltwater flowing across Greenland's ice sheet. Image UCLA/Laurence C. Smith

A river of meltwater flowing across Greenland's ice sheet. Image UCLA/Laurence C. Smith

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  1. Global warming, feh!

    The Invisible Hand of the Market is snapping off those ice sheets so they can be harvested for fresh water in drought-ridden California.

    SUPPLY AND DEMAND PEOPLE IT WILL ALL WORK OUT IF WE HAVE FAITH.

  2. sme says:

    Luckily, a rising tide floats all boats. Here's how all that lovely extra water will help ease the drought in the Sacramento area:
    http://www.floodmap.net/?ll=38.595109,-121.4944&z=11&e=7
    (It's a neat tool if you want to know how vulnerable your area is to sea level rise)

  3. We need to find a way to fix that. Otherwise people will take advantage of free flotation, a clear moral hazard.

  4. Luckily there is a group of politicians who want NASA to stop studying climate related issues on Earth because then all this bad stuff will just go away

  5. Hey, it worked in Canada when the long form census was returning too much usable data about our citizens that didn't fit with Conservative doctrine; get rid of the census! Problem solved!

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