Alaska is Melting . . .

It seems that the melting polar ice is becoming more of a concern to Alaskans than those of us in the lower 48.

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courtesy of  Anchorage Daily News


Thank goodness there’s no Global Warming — imagine how much more of Alaska would be melting if there was!


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Permafrost-thawing concern deepens
PERMAFROST: Computer scenario shows rising temperatures could melt top 11 feet in Alaska by 2100.
Anchorage Daily News, December 25, 2005

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  1. basic_science commented on Dec 28

    Of course the icecaps have to melt to spread the water from time to time back to the rest of the world.

    Otherwise we’d end up like Mars. There once was water flow on Mars. But over the centuries all the water that ever came in contact with the polar icecap became frozen and locked away, never to return, because its polar icecaps never melt.

    Today Mars is just one giant rocky desert. All the water is locked away at the poles, thanks to non-melting glaciers at the poles.

  2. Mr. Econotarian commented on Dec 28

    What happened in 1976? Big discontinuity there.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if there is global warming (the data is getting very solid). I would not even be surprised if the warming is anthropologically driven by CO2 and Methane (unlike other large climate changes like the Little Ice Age and Hypotherm, which were not).

    What we really lack is a good way to predict what effect changes in greenhouse gas emissions would do to climate (models to date have been very inaccurate).

    This makes the cost/benefit ratio of dramatic state action difficult to interpret.

    In a world where most of humanity is living at a very low standard of living, will they have to continue to suffer due to emission restrictions? Or would the economic growth due to continuing emissions allow developing nations to better survive the climate change?

    Those are the real questions facing humanity.

  3. Mark commented on Dec 28

    Why does the data start in 1949? Surely Alaska existed before then. Why isn’t there data back to say, 1890?

  4. Jon H commented on Dec 28

    “Why does the data start in 1949? Surely Alaska existed before then. Why isn’t there data back to say, 1890?”

    A long highway was built by the Army during WW2, which must have improved access dramatically, especially to the interior.

  5. nate commented on Dec 28

    In addition to analysis of the U.S., it would be interesting to know the impact on the environment from economic growth in developing nations such as China, Brazil, Russia, and India.

  6. D. commented on Dec 28


    you’re joking right?

  7. nate commented on Dec 29

    I am not joking.

  8. cm commented on Dec 29

    nate: I’m not sure what you are trying to get at. What is quoted is an observation, with no interpretations attached. Of course this is *global* warming, and as such incorporates everybody’s environmental inputs.

  9. Steven M commented on Dec 29

    OF course there is global warming.

    I don’t know how you people [some of you] can ignore all this evidence.

  10. Idaho_Spud commented on Dec 29

    Hahahaha. Anyone else remember the bumper stickers from the 1970s environmentalists cars?

    “Split wood, not atoms”

    OK, I’ve been doing that. Do you want me to stop now?

  11. Me commented on Aug 21

    Once again, science is going against religion. In the Bible, it was written that after Noah, the world will never flood again. And here are scientist telling us all the ice caps will melt and flood the whole world…..

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