Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Dumbyass' glacial pace of action on global warming

If you read the NY Times story on Alaska's disappearing glaciers, then you're probably already thinking up entries for the inevitable National Park Service contest to rename Glacier Bay National Park. In the meantime, if you're planning a trip to Alaska, pack shorts and Hawaiian shirts for your rain forest excursion.

The very word "glacial" may soon be redefined, signifying something that accelerates, or that rapidly vanishes:

In Glacier Bay National Park, the ice has been shrinking since at least the time of Capt. George Vancouver's visit, more than 200 years ago. What are now bays filled with whale-watching kayakers and iceberg-viewing cruise passengers were full of glaciers in the late 1700's, officials say. And what was once bare rock at the edge of the ice to Captain Vancouver's crew is now part of a lush rain forest. But the pace of ice age retreat has greatly accelerated in recent years. Government photos show that Muir Glacier, one of the park's prime attractions, has receded by more than five miles in the last 30 years.

My previous posts on the topic of global warming:
Disassembling dissembly on global warming

Global warming naysayer couldn't take the heat


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