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You know something, four years of data is not a lot to go off of.
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Originally posted by uberarcanist
Also, I recall reading an article that said it wouldn't really matter that much if the Gulf Stream did shut down, as its effect on weather is not as great as originally thought, and since global warming is, well, global, any change in this so-called "heat conveyer" (it doesn't really convey that much heat) will be offset by that global warming.
Originally posted by stumason
How does this compare to historical data?
COPENHAGEN (AFP) — Greenland's ice cap, which covers more than 80 percent of the island, is melting faster than expected because of global warming, a Danish researcher said on Monday.
The 1.8-million-square-kilometre (695,000-square-mile) ice cap, which accounts for 10 percent of the planet's fresh water, is losing about 257 cubic kilometres (62 cubic miles) of ice per year.
When a sophisticated science probe failed to return any data about whether pools of melted glacial ice were showing up in the ocean, a NASA researcher turned to a decidedly low-tech solution: a brigade of rubber ducks.
"We're a little frustrated right now," said Seelye Martin, the program manager for NASA's Earth sciences division. "The water has to go somewhere but we don't know where."