Skip to comments.Warming to devastate glaciers, Antarctic icesheet - studies
Posted on 01/10/2011 3:34:31 AM PST by moonshinner_09
PARIS (AFP) Global warming may wipe out three-quarters of Europe's alpine glaciers by 2100 and hike sea levels by four metres (13 feet) by the year 3000 through melting the West Antarctic icesheet, two studies published on Sunday said.
The research places the spotlight on two of the least understood aspects of climate change: how, when and where warming will affect glaciers on which many millions depend for their water, and the problems faced by generations in the far distant future.
The glacier study predicts that mountain glaciers and icecaps will shrink by 15-27 percent in volume terms on average by 2100.
"Ice loss on such a scale may have substantial impacts on regional hydrology and water availability," it warns.
Some regions will be far worse hit than others because of the altitude of their glaciers, the nature of the terrain and their susceptibility to localised warming.
New Zealand could lose 72 percent (between 65 and 79 percent) of its glaciers, and Europe's Alps 75 percent, meaning a range of between 60 and 90 percent. At the other end of the scale, glacial loss in Greenland is predicted at around eight percent and at some 10 percent in high-mountain Asia.
Meltwater will drive up world sea levels by an average of 12 centimetres (five inches) by 2100, says the study.
This figure -- which does not include expansion by the oceans as they warm -- largely tallies with an estimate in the landmark Fourth Assessment Report by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007.
Geophysicists Valentina Radic and Regine Hock of the University of Alaska base these calculations on a computer model derived from records for more than 300 glaciers between 1961 and 2004.
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At the rate it is going, Gorebul Warming is the last thing anyone should worry about.
But with a little ice age on the way, they have to double down and get as much money and power as they can before they freeze.
I can see it now. A new bumper sticker that reads: “Save the Glaciers”
These were the same scare tactics used in 1922 by global alarmists.
It is becoming tiring.
I wonder what gas will cost in the year 3,000?
I hope I can afford it.
Melting glaciers is just part of God’s plan.
The Ice Age glaciers covered the continent thousands of years ago and now are almost gone. There comes a time when they will be gone coompletely. It’s just how things work.
You mean the disgraced and discredited IPCC 2007 Report?
Here we have the coldest winter on record and these clowns are worried that the glaciers are going to melt.What loons.
Ever notice that when their predictions of ‘doom and gloom’ don’t come on the dates they state earlier, they just keep moving the goal posts?
I guess they’re just hoping one of these days, they’ll get it right.
Meanwhile, I’ve got 4 inches of global warming covering up my yard in Augusta, GA.
I personally disagree with the figures posted in the article. Here’s what I think: Global warming may wipe out two-thirds of Europe’s alpine glaciers by 2080 and hike sea levels by three metres (13 feet) by the year 3000.
There. Now my figures are on the world wide web for all to see.
Of course; because the ones we DO understand now don't fit the plan.
The IPCC says in the AR4:
Indeed table 10.7 from the report shows the line for Antarctica as a negative:
In other words don't let anyone tell you Antarctica is melting. It is NOT!