“It’s a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water.” –Franklin P. Jones.
But it does, Mr. Jones, it does. The water is not only warming, but rising. Through language we impact the world itself. “Global warming” puts a warm and fuzzy mask on the “global climatic instability” we are facing. Our climate is lurching, the system needs dampening, and instead we have dampened our response.
The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are losing mass at an accelerating pace, according to a new NASA-funded satellite study. The findings of the study — the longest to date of changes in polar ice sheet mass — suggest these ice sheets are overtaking ice loss from Earth’s mountain glaciers and ice caps to become the dominant contributor to global sea level rise, much sooner than model forecasts have predicted.
The image is a snippet from Earth Science Picture of the Day which, coincidentally, features today great shot of a calving glacier, with a movie and an animation.
I found the quotation here.
Update: Greg Laden picked up on the same article, here. Greg Laden’s Blog. He illustrates the point with graphs, I used EPOD. His is more informative, but mine is prettier.
The BBC has the same story, here: BBC News – Polar ice loss quickens, raising seas