The Glaciers ARE Melting and We ARE the Cause

More new studies show that our major glaciers — both inland and Greenland/Antarctica are melting faster thanks to human-cause global warming — with dire consequences for us all. Global warming deniers like Sen. Inhofe (R-OK) and the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

One recent survey shows accelerated glacial melting. Especially worrisome is the loss of the inland glaciers in South America and Asia, which will threaten the water supplies of millions of people within a few decades. “The glaciers are going to melt and melt until they are all gone. There are not any glaciers getting bigger any more,” said glaciologist Georg Kaser who led the research.

This research is further detailed in a Geophysical Research Letters paper led by Kaser (subs. req’d), which notes that the sea level rise from melting glaciers (as opposed to the ocean expanding as it gets warmer), more than doubled in the 2001-2004 period versus 1961-1990 period.

greenland_ice_melting.jpgAs for Greenland, an article in Nature (subs. req’d — news article here) reports an ice loss comparable to about 0.5 mm/year, which is pretty astonishing when you consider that the scientific consensus, the U.N.’s 2001 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, had projected little or no contribution from Greenland to sea level rise by 2100! The authors conclude ice sheet disintegration is accelerating: “The rate of ice loss increased by 250 per cent between the periods April 2002 to April 2004 and May 2004 to April 2006.”

And why is this all happening? Kaser’s GRL paper concludes:

The decrease of mass balance from near zero around 1970 gives confidence that late 20th century glacier wastage is essentially a response to post-1970 global warming, reinforced by feedbacks among which the most important are probably the balance-altitude feedback (net melting lowers the glacier surface to warmer altitudes, increasing net loss) and the albedo feedback (more darker ice exposed at the surface promotes further melting).

Only we can stop it.


7 Responses to The Glaciers ARE Melting and We ARE the Cause

  1. Doogie says:

    So ClimateProgress, if you’re so concerned that we must cut our GHG emissions, how about beginning by shutting off your server, which is sucking up electricity and adding GHGs to the atmosphere?

  2. G-Dub-Akmar says:


  3. Hiram says:

    yes, and many articles also have come out that show that Greenlands ice would take thousands of years to melt, and that it has melted, and then refroze dozens of times in the past.

  4. Anonymous says:

    hey let’s be serious. This is something that is going to affect all of us — don’t sit back and wait for somebody else to do something…. Let us be the example!

  5. Christa says:

    we have to take action fast. The artic’s glacier’s are melting and killing polar bears.

  6. kaylee says:

    yes. most people do not realize what they are causing.
    more and more pollution will just make the earth end faster

  7. Randomer says:

    People Do know! But they are thinking ; ” Well that wont happen until a long time ” and all they do is make money! We need something that’ll make them understand how serious this is and that they shouldnt wait until it actually happens, Think, the world will Last Longer if we all try to help! I Dont know why, but i think for one year, one whole year, they should stop making cars or anything thats will cause pollution and only sell the cars that are already made, i know,its kinda a dumb suggestion.