Saturday, July 10, 2010

Keeping sharp eyes on ice melt:

Though Climate Change has faded recently in the public’s attention as a critical issue, is has not become less so. The BP Oil Spill and Climategate (though resent studies completely exonerate any wrong doing by climate scientists) continue to steal away the public’s eyes from this matter aided by our easily distracted press. And while those bloggers and deniers whose ideology does not include physics rage on at every errant thought that pass their mind on this subject one the main indicator of Climate Change, glacier ice melt, melts on.

This being able to see and measure ice melt has to be one of the toughest nuts for climate deniers to crack. For watching ice melt is not as simple as it sounds.

Glacial ice melt is being watched and measured by many scientists; by many specially designed satellites, and has been for some time. One has to ask oneself, what’s the point of spending millions of dollars, sending so many satellites up into the atmosphere to measure so many predictable aspects of Climate Change if they are going to be so easily dismissed by the public and the media? What the point of having scientists as a watchdog for our planet, if we are incapable of listening to them because their observations don’t match our view of reality or disrupt our comfort zone?

Is it the case that our minds, which have been shaped by years and years in our institutions of higher learning where hard core science is taught, in a country so intelligent and innovative as ours, can be so blind-sided by a bunch of clever phrase turners? Do we just get stupid when Climate Change science comes up? Check out how ice melt is being measured and what it tells us—before the Climate Change denier rob us of our senses:

High Above the Earth, Satellites Track Melting Ice by Michael D. Lemonick: Yale Environment 360 "The surest sign of a warming Earth is the steady melting of its ice zones, from disappearing sea ice in the Arctic to shrinking glaciers worldwide. Now, scientists are using increasingly sophisticated satellite technology to measure the extent, thickness, and height of ice, assembling an essential picture of a planet in transition. " (July 6, 2010) Yale Environment 360

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