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Published on Mar 11, 2015
Our oceans are rising. With human use of hydrocarbons skyrocketing, waters around the globe are getting hotter and, now, this warm sub-surface water is washing into Antarctica’s massive western glaciers causing the glaciers to retreat and break off. Antarctica holds 90% of the world’s ice and 70% of its freshwater, so if even a small fraction of the ice sheet in Antarctica melts, the resulting sea level rise will completely remap the world as we know it – and it is already happening. In the last decade, some of the most significant glaciers here have tripled their melt rate.
VICE founder Shane Smith travels to the bottom of the world to investigate the instability of the West Antarctic ice sheet and to see first hand how the continent is melting -- and VICE follows the rising oceans to Bangladesh for a glimpse into the world's underwater future. From the UN Climate conference to the People's Climate March to the forces that deny the science of global climate change, this special extended episode covers all sides of the issue and all corners of the globe, ending with a special interview with Vice President Joe Biden.
originally posted by: greencmp
a reply to: RickinVa
Great, now that the doomsday scenario is realized, can we have an informed conversation about realistic mitigation?
No amount of anti-fossil fuel quackery will do want you want it to so, let us now stop being fools and working against our own best interests with the myriad totalitarian absurdities incessantly put forward as 'solutions'.
Carbon Emissions Stabilized In 2014; Shows Efforts To Combat Climate Change May Be Working
Solar, wind and other renewables are making such a big difference in greenhouse gas emissions worldwide that global emissions from the energy sector flatlined during a time of economic growth for the first time in 40 years.
The International Energy Agency announced Friday that energy-related CO2 emissions last year were unchanged from the year before, totaling 32.3 billion metric tons of CO2 in both 2013 and 2014. It shows that efforts to reduce emissions to combat climate change may be more effective than previously thought.
Following an announcement earlier this week that China’s CO2 emissions fell 2 percent in 2014, the IEA is crediting 2014’s progress to China using more solar, wind and hydropower while burning less coal. Western Europe’s focus on sustainable growth, energy efficiency and renewables has shown that emissions from energy consumption can fall even as economies grow globally, according to the IEA.
Global CO2 emissions stalled or fell in the early 1980s, 1992 and 2009, each time correlating with a faltering global economy. In 2014, the economy grew 3 percent worldwide.
originally posted by: Snarl
Made it through the first ten minutes. Have to say, that devoting 1/4 of the production to 'attacking' the opposing point of view fails to bode well with me.
I want someone to get into the details of how global warming is being measured. Is the measurement system sound?
originally posted by: RickinVa
The land ice in the Artic regions is kilometers thick vs. several meters for sea ice. It is the land ice that is melting ...meters per year in some cases.
The melting is continuing and speeding up resulting in faster loss of land ice. It can not be slowed down or stopped at this point... sea levels will continue to rise until coastal cities begin to submerge.
originally posted by: pikestaff
Yet a couple of months ago sea ice was at its highest since 1988, anyway, I'm roughly 50 feet above mean sea level, I'll sit tight and see what happens, mean while stocking up on tinned food, seeds, and natural fertilisers, and one more rain barrel. (might need those to make a raft?).