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The environmental group Greenpeace has released photographs which dramatically illustrate the changes being wrought by global warming. Activists travelled to the coast of the Norwegian island of Svalbard, 600 kilometres (375 miles) north of the country's mainland, in the ship Rainbow Warrior. They have released a photograph, along with one taken from almost exactly the same spot in 1918, to illustrate how much the Blomstrandbreen glacier has retreated. Greenpeace says, "the blame can be put squarely on human activity."
Vanishing Point
Vanishing Point
Greenpeace says the photos illustrate global warming

Thursday, 8 August, 2002, 17:04 GMT 18:04 UK
Photos show glacier's decline
 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/2181463.stm

The environmental group Greenpeace has released photographs which it says dramatically illustrate the changes being wrought by global warming.
Greenpeace activists travelled to the coast of the Norwegian island of Svalbard, 600 kilometres (375 miles) north of the country's mainland, in the ship Rainbow Warrior.

The have released a photograph they took there, along with one taken from almost exactly the same spot in 1918, to illustrate how much the Blomstrandbreen glacier has retreated.

"The blame can be put squarely on human activity," Greenpeace says in a statement on its website.

"Our addiction to fossil fuels releases millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and this is what is causing temperatures to rise, and our future to melt before our eyes."

The contrast between the two photos is stark. In the 1918 photo, the horizon is dominated by a massive white glacier, the island's mountains almost hidden.

In the 2002 photo, the glacier is almost gone, leaving chunks of ice floating in the water and the mountains almost bare.

Rising waters

Greenpeace's photos echo the results of a recent study of Alaskan glaciers by US scientists that concluded the ice was melting even faster that previously thought.

The resulting melt waters, researchers said, could drive up global sea levels by 0.14 millimetres a year.

But Keith Echelmeyer, of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, who conducted that study, said it wasn't clear whether man-made global warming was the culprit.

Other factors, such as a reduction in snowfall, could also be to blame for the shrinking glaciers, he said last month.

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more about Keith Echelmeyer 08.Aug.2002 19:29

surfer

Did a google search on the scientist quoted above who says global climate change might not be the cause of glacier melt.

Here's who likes him:

There's more leads to follow there, and more topics investigate. For example: Are there relationships between the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, for which Keith works, and any private corporations? Is any of Keith's salary sourced from such "private-public partnerships"? Does Keith have any previous history with corporations, and if so which ones?

Juicier questions that are harder to answer: What stock does he own? Is he married, and what stock does she own? What are his family connections?

In other words, does Keith really and sincerely disbelieve global warming (which would put him into a distinct minority among climate scientists) or is he profiting?

In any case, the above article that quotes Keith, "for balance" probably, doesn't tell us much about him that would help us figure out if he's trustworthy or not. But the fact that he is quoted frequently by right-wingers makes me suspicious. His name appears so many times in documents by global-warning naysayers that I have trouble believing he's not on their side.

Anyway -- all this info came from a google search and took like 1/2 hour. I encourage people to do this sort of thing when they have the misfortune of running across a mainstream media article and are doubtful about the sources. You can track down a lot things yerself with the web these days.

Happy hunting !!


No time now, but... 08.Aug.2002 23:07

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The above comment is an excellent example of useful, informative discussion that can happen on IMC. I hope we all do more of it!