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Friday, February 17, 2006

They're melting! Meeeelting!

Greenland's glaciers, that is:
The scientists said they do not yet understand the precise mechanism causing glaciers to flow and melt more rapidly, but they said the changes in Greenland were unambiguous -- and accelerating: In 1996, the amount of water produced by melting ice in Greenland was about 90 times the amount consumed by Los Angeles in a year. Last year, the melted ice amounted to 225 times the volume of water that city uses annually.
The wicked witch that is the west has planet earth set on broil. Still, we continue to drive like maniacs and think that coal is a part of a solution. We had a thunderstorm here in Michigan last night. I don't remember ever having thunderstorms in the winter until just the last couple of years. We also had the warmest January on record. Meanwhile, weather-related catastrophes continue, and are likely to just get worse. Hurricane season supposedly starts in the summer, but you have to wonder if it will wait that long.