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The period also saw the country complete the first and second phase of a demographic transition, in which the population growth rate had peaked at 3.4% in 1985 before declining to 1.9% in 2000. The population today has tripled since independence in 1965 and doubled since 1978.
The main point here is Greenland is experiencing a natural change in its environment and further study is needed before we jump the gun screaming "THE SKY IS FALLING! THE SKY IS FALLING!".
Originally posted by poet1b
A newly released study finds that ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are disappearing three times faster than they were two decades ago, the latest evidence supporting the existence of global warming.
The study was published in the journal Science and is considered an extremely accurate portrayal of ice melts in these polar regions. According to the paper’s authors, the rapid polar ice melting has caused an increase in sea level that may become problematic to low coastal regions.
Perhaps the most alarming data found by the researchers was in Greenland where the ice was melting an estimated five times the rate it was in the mid-1990s. Melt from Greenland accounted for a whopping two-thirds of the polar ice melt.
Shepherd estimates that the data compiled in the new study is two to three times more reliable than previous studies on melting ice and rising sea-level.
This next quote is the one that gets me.
She expects sea level to move up the coast by at least 40 inches in the next 90 years.
It seems to me that they have been predicting a rise of about a meter in the next hundred years for about a decade now. If ice is melting 5 times faster than in the ninties, then wouldn't we at least be seeing a five times increase in the rise of the ocean levels? It seems that we should be expecting 200 inches in the next 90 years.
From everything I have read on the subject, the rate of global warming is actually continuing to accelerate,
We are now, where we were predicted to be in 2025 or later just a little over a decade ago,
Four years ago no one was talking about methane geysers, or thermal expansion of the oceans. In the next few years, maybe four or five, from everything I see, we are going to be seeing massive changes starting to take place.
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Originally posted by bronco73
there has been zero sea level rise, and the ice sheets are not gone, nor have they receded in any significant amount, nor has the global mean temperature risen.
Originally posted by mc_squared
When solar radiation has decreased and volcanic activity has increased, global temperatures suddenly plummet, often within weeks or months.
Originally posted by EvenParanoidsHaveEnemies
So all I am left with after this back and forth argument is this question:
Is Greenland finally going to be GREEN?!?
Originally posted by poet1b
reply to post by EvenParanoidsHaveEnemies
If Greenland gets to be green, it will be the first time.
Some people sure get suckered easily by marketing techniques.