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    Andy Caffrey Mailing-List: list climatecrisisaction@yahoogroups.com; contact climatecrisisaction-owner@yahoogroups.com More proof that we
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 30, 2004
      Andy Caffrey <hayduke@...>
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      More proof that we have psychopaths running the world... Apparently
      it's "good news" that the Arctic ice cap is melting because we will
      be able to reach more oil!!! And of course they spew the lie that we
      can actually adapt to a destabilized climate even though we don't
      know what it will turn out to be.


      Bad news (and good) on Arctic warming
      By Andrew C. Revkin The New York Times
      Saturday, October 30, 2004

      NEW YORK
      The first thorough assessment of a decades-long Arctic warming
      trend shows the region is undergoing profound changes,
      including sharp retreats of glaciers and sea ice, thawing of
      permafrost, and shifts in ocean and atmospheric conditions
      that are likely to harm native communities, wildlife and
      economic activities, while offering some benefits.

      The report - conducted and reviewed by 250 scientists and
      representatives of six organizations representing Arctic native
      communities - while noting that conditions in the far north have
      varied naturally in the past, says the current shifts match
      longstanding scientific projections that the Arctic should be the
      first place to feel the effect of rising atmospheric concentrations
      of heat-trapping greenhouse gases from smokestacks and tail pipes.

      It adds that the warming and other changes are likely to accelerate
      in this century because of the buildup in greenhouse gases.

      Prompt efforts to curb such emissions could slow the pace of change
      sufficiently to allow communities and wildlife to adapt, the report
      says. [A completely unscientific, unsupportable lie]

      But it also stresses that some further warming and melting is
      unavoidable, given the century-long buildup of the long-lived gases,
      mainly carbon dioxide.

      "These changes in the Arctic provide an early indication of the
      environmental and societal significance of global warming," says the
      executive summary of the report.

      The study, called the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, was
      commissioned four years ago by the eight nations with Arctic
      territory - Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Russian
      Federation, Sweden, and the United States.

      The study was scheduled for release at a conference in Iceland on
      Nov. 9, but electronic copies of some portions were provided to The
      New York Times by European participants in the project.

      Several participants said that publication had been delayed in part
      by the Bush administration because of the political contentiousness
      of global warming.

      Officials of the Arctic Council, the international body that
      commissioned the study, denied that was the case.

      "There is no truth to the contention that any of the member states of
      the Arctic Council pushed the release of the report back into
      November," said Gunnar Palsson of Iceland, the chairman of the
      council's eight government representatives.

      He said that the countries all agreed to the delay from September to
      November because of conflicts with another international meeting in

      The American scientist directing the assessment, Robert Corell, an
      oceanographer and senior fellow of the American Meteorological
      Society, said the timing was set during diplomatic talks that did not
      involve the scientists.

      He said he could not yet comment on the specific findings, but noted
      that the signals from the Arctic have global significance. "The major
      message is that climate change is here and now in the Arctic," he
      said on Friday.

      "The scientific evidence of the last 25 to 30 years is very dramatic
      and substantial. The projections of future change indicate that this
      trend will continue and be substantially greater than the trends
      we're seeing on a global scale."

      The report is a profusely illustrated window on a region in
      remarkable flux, incorporating reams of scientific data as well as
      observations by elders from communities around the Arctic Circle.

      The potential benefits of the changes include projected growth in
      marine fish stocks and improved prospects for agriculture and timber
      harvests in some regions, as well as expanded access to Arctic
      waters. [Utter crap. It has already destroyed 80% of the Caribbean's
      coral. Unlike tide pool creatures which have to tolerate wide changes
      in temperature (eurythermal) as the tides retreat and return, ocean
      fish never had to adapt to wide changes of any kind and are thus
      stenothermal and unable to tolerate any significant warming

      There, sea-bed deposits of oil and gas that have until now been
      cloaked in thick shifting crusts of sea ice could soon be
      exploitable, and ice-free trade routes over Siberia could
      significantly cut shipping distances between Europe and Asia in the

      But the list of potential harms is far longer. The same retreat of
      sea ice, it says, "is very likely to have devastating consequences
      for polar bears, ice-living seals, and local people for whom these
      animals are a primary food source."

      Oil and gas deposits on land are likely to be harder to extract as
      tundra continues to thaw, limiting the frozen season when drilling
      convoys can traverse the otherwise spongy ground, the report says.

      And it concludes that the consequences of the fast-paced Arctic
      warming have global reach, in part as sea levels rise in response to
      the accelerated melting of Greenland's two-mile-high sheets of ice.

      There have been continuing disagreements between American officials
      and other participants over the report's contents and timetable.

      Last year, for example, the State Department distributed a document
      to representatives from the other Arctic countries saying it opposed
      having the technical experts draw conclusions about policies on
      greenhouse gases or other related factors until the scientific
      findings had been reviewed by the eight participating governments.

      A copy was provided to The New York Times by a person involved in the
      project who criticized the delay in considering the implications of
      the climate shifts.

      The document said this was "a fundamental flaw" in the process.

      The implications of the findings could not be legitimately considered
      before the scientific assessment was completed and governments needed
      to have the right to suggest changes.


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