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Rise in sea level from ice melt in Greenland and Antarctica match worst-case scenario: study

Amy Tucker – 9 september 2020 – link artikel

Now, according to a recent study, led by Thomas Slater, a climate researcher at the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling at the University of Leeds, those rapidly melting ice sheets in Greenland, along with melting ice sheets in Antarctica are thought to be the main contributor to a rise in sea levels around the world. And the rate of the melt matches the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s worst-case climate warming scenario.

“Ice is being lost and it’s being lost at an accelerating rate. And this is causing sea level rise around the world. I think what we show in our research and what’s supported by other literature as well is that even very incremental gradual sea level rise can have really big impacts on flooding around our coastlines.”

…climate change and the impacts in the Arctic and the world’s high mountain ranges are occurring decades before they were projected. For example, he says that the scale of the record loss of ice melt in August 2019, had not been projected to occur until somewhere around 2070.

Ik zit met mijn denken over klimaatverandering in de pessimistische hoek. Maar het is moeilijk ontkennen dat steeds opnieuw de onderzoeken aantonen dat de gedane prognoses toch te optimistisch waren. De meetingen, onderzoeken, datapunten, algoritmes en super computers worden beter en beter en de uitkomsten donkerder en donkerder.

Ondanks blijft er in mij een stukje hoop gloeien die in wonderen geloofd.