Big Picture Science – On Thin Ice

by Gary Niederhoff on August 14, 2017

Big Picture Science – On Thin Ice

Water is essential for life – that we know. But the honeycomb lattice that forms when you chill it to zero degrees Celsius is also inexorably intertwined with life.

Ice is more than a repository for water that would otherwise raise sea levels. It’s part of Earth’s cooling system … a barrier preventing decaying organic matter from releasing methane gas … and a vault entombing ancient bacteria and other microbes.

From the Arctic to the Antarctic, global ice is disappearing. Find out what’s at stake as atmospheric CO2 threatens frozen H2O.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Peter Wadhams / Sea Ice
Part 2: Peter Wadhams / Larsen C Danger
Part 3: Eric Rignot / Larsen C Calved
Part 4: Peter Wadhams / Permafrost
Part 5: Åsmund Asdal / “Doomsday” Vault
Part 6: John Priscu / Microbes Unleashed

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avatar Richard August 17, 2017 at 3:33 am

The ice separates Asia from America and it might shrink to zero. Omigosh, the narrator sounds like he needs a safe space. Could a large refrigerator filled with ice cubes, powered by solar cells do?

The benefits? Arctic shipping. The costs? – Global warming. The word itself is horrifying. Think of Venus. The oceans will boil and we will all fry (or be poached). Greenland of course will melt. At the moment however it has gained several hundred gigatons of ice. But what does evidence matter to the narrative, which is all important and must be preserved at all costs.

avatar Richard September 2, 2017 at 2:18 pm

“Climate change is Real!!” What does that even mean?

That climate changes and has throughout Earths history? Who disputes that?

That CO2 is a greenhouse gas and all things being equal will cause the Earth to get warmer? That was proven over a century ago, so why are we paying self-promoting, over-funded, forecasters of doom, and thus “fund me more”, “researchers” to flog their globalist, “allow us to control and tax you into oblivion or you will die” religion on the basis of this ancient discovery? Never mind that their dire predictions of doom and gloom have proved to be hopelessly wrong so far.

Now every cyclone, thunderstorm, drought, earthquake, war, terrorist attack is held up as evidence of punishment for our sin of not paying obeisance to this new god called “climate change” aka Global Warming.

Richard Feynman “if you’re doing an experiment, you should report everything that you think might make it invalid — not only what you think is right about it; other causes that could possibly explain your results;” “Nature’s phenomena will agree or they’ll disagree with your theory. …We are not to tell nature what she’s gotta be”

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