The following should give everyone pause: A recent BBC report reveals that Greenland is losing ice seven times faster than in the 1990s.
Picture the entire 100-yard length of the football field your favorite NFL team plays on . . . plus one of the two end zones standing on end—330 feet. One glacier in Southern Greenland has thinned by that much since it was last filmed in 2004.
In a world of sea level doom and gloom news, this is perhaps the worst news of all. Because for every centimeter that sea levels rise, an estimated six million people will be brought into a flooding situation.
And this is sure to only speed up. You’ve probably seen images of giant ice spheres on the edge of a glacier tumbling into the water below. What’s happening in Greenland is because the sea water around the island is rising so quickly, the ice just above the solid rock is melting causing giant slabs of ice to slide in to the sea. And since that ice was sitting atop a solid body of land, it does not displace the water around the island as it does in other parts of the world where ice is currently floating in the open sea.
The Greenland ice sheet is more than 1.2 miles thick in most regions. If all its[ ice was to melt, global sea levels could be expected to rise about 25 feet; almost high enough to accommodate a football endzone.
Tomorrow we’ll discuss hail Mary ideas to trim the tide. Until then, with regard to energy: “Use Less, Green the Rest.”