Friday, May 18, 2007

The worsening of global warming

By Michael J.W. Stickings

Via Kevin Drum, a new and disturbing finding on global warming:

The Southern Ocean around Antarctica is so loaded with carbon dioxide that it can barely absorb any more, so more of the gas will stay in the atmosphere to warm up the planet, scientists reported Thursday...

"We thought we would be able to detect these only the second half of this century, say 2050 or so," [said researcher Corinne Le Quere]. But data from 1981 through 2004 show the sink is already full of carbon dioxide. "So I find this really quite alarming."

"Increased winds over the last half-century are to blame for the change, Le Quere said," and these increased winds are caused by ozone depletion and global warming, that is, by human activity. (Make sure to read the whole piece.)

More: "Another sign of warming in the Antarctic was reported Tuesday by NASA, which found vast areas of snow melted on the southern continent in 2005 in a process that may accelerate invisible melting deep beneath the surface." Read more on this here.

Yes, it's getting worse and worse, no matter what the genocidal deniers say.

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