Mar
23
2008

Significant Shrinkage: an international problem

The Briksdal Glacier: Not at its most impressive. Just look away.
The Briksdal Glacier: Not at its most impressive. Just look away.Courtesy xdmag
Across the globe, glaciers are suffering the humiliation of being seen in a state of exacerbated shrinkage.

Having gone so long without serious scrutiny as to their size, the bedroom door has been thrown open on the glaciers of the world, leaving them flailing to cover up what little is left of theirs to cover up.

“What did you expect?” Points out one glacier. “We’re cold. that’s what happens.”

Climatologists would disagree, however, on the cause of the shrinkage, if not the shrinkage itself, viewing the phenomenon as a key indicator of a warming climate. Average glacial shrinkage, it is reported, has risen from about 30 centimeters a year between 1980 and 1999, to 1.5 meters in 2006.

The glaciers, as they retreat like “frightened turtles” into their mountain refuges, are causing alarm not only as indicators of global climate change, but for their own diminishing potential to supply fresh water for “drinking, agriculture, industry, and power generation.”

Glaciers are believed to have started shrinking globally around 1850, although the rate of shrinkage looks to have increased dramatically in the early 80’s, and Dr. Wilfried Haeberli, director of the World Glacier Monitoring service, says that “the latest figures are part of what appears to be an accelerating trend with no apparent end in sight.”

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Thor's picture
Thor says:

JGordon, did you consult with George Costanza on this post?

posted on Mon, 03/24/2008 - 9:19am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

I certainly did. Check out the link under "frightened turtle."

posted on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 2:11pm
tiffany_88's picture
tiffany_88 says:

The consequences can be end with the planet and affect to much people. Because the increase of water change everything.

posted on Thu, 03/27/2008 - 10:02am
Amanda's picture
Amanda says:

so what would happen if the global climate went up more or reached that 30 centimeters? so wouldnt it be a precation to watch so it does not happen to just get out again

posted on Thu, 03/27/2008 - 10:12am
hawa's picture
hawa says:

I know, because i don't understand either what going on with the global warming
problem.

posted on Thu, 03/27/2008 - 2:06pm

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