NASA released two reports Thursday on climate change. |
A research team has been in Greenland measuring the ice sheet and glaciers for three weeks with new laser and radar equipment. They say that "Greenland has experienced a significant loss of ice." " ...the ice sheet and glaciers have been melting at an increasing rate over the past several years." "Some of the island's major glaciers have sped up since the turn of the century, with documented thinning from 65 to nearly 100 feet per year." In the other report, The chief climatologist at NASA Dr. James Hansen again states that the earth is close to 'tipping points' that will make it impossible to slow the warming. Only here he reveals that it will not take much more warming to hit those points.
On a bazzarly ironic note, head NASA Administrator (non- scientist, political appointee) Michael Griffin said on NPR "To assume that (global warming) is a problem is to assume that the state of the Earth's climate today is the optimal climate, the best climate that we could have or ever have had and that we need to take steps to make sure it doesn't change..." He also said aid he doubts that global warming is an issue mankind should address. Do these statements sound like what the top guy at NASA should be saying ....especially the day that research is released on Greenland's ice melting at an accelerating pace?