I think I am going to use ‘brown’ to indicate news that runs somewhat contradictory to the typical ‘green’ cause…
For global warming activists, Greenland is the most potent weapon of fear in their arsenal. With Antarctica cooling, and the floating ice at the North Pole incapable of affecting sea levels, Greenland alone can contribute the vast amounts of melted ice capable of flooding cities. Greenland — which began gradually melting at the end of the last ice age some 20,000 years ago — continues to slowly shed ice today.The only problem? It’s melting far too slowly. At its current rate, Greenland will take thousands of years to significantly affect sea level.
Fears have still arisen, however, over claims that melting rate is being accelerated by man-made global warming. Some past studies have indicated this may be happening, by measuring the rate at which glaciers have slid towards the sea, sped by melt water beneath lubricating the process.
However, a new study has concluded that Greenland’s rate of melting is not accelerating, and in fact may actually be decreasing when viewed over a longer timescale. The study, which used 17 years of satellite measurements to reach its conclusions, determined the overall yearly movement of ice to the sea is not increasing, and is actually decreasing in some places.
The researchers noted the speedup observed by past studies was strictly a short-term transient phenomena, occurring primarily in the summer months.
I’m sure the Californian Legislature will carefully consider ignore this new study…
Remember, (I feel like I need to point this out with every post on environmentalism) I am not opposed to conservation. I am opposed to crappy public policy being written into law based on crappy over-exaggerated science.