Open thread: That sinking feeling

On the collapse of major ice sheets in Antarctica.

“This is really happening,” said Thomas P. Wagner, who runs NASA’s programs on polar ice and helped oversee some of the research. “There’s nothing to stop it now."

It's not like we haven't had time to alter the course of history, we've just chosen not to.

The new finding appears to be the fulfillment of a prediction made in 1978 by an eminent glaciologist, John H. Mercer of the Ohio State University. He outlined the uniquely vulnerable nature of the West Antarctic ice sheet and warned that the rapid human release of greenhouse gases posed “a threat of disaster.” He was assailed at the time, but in recent years scientists have been watching with growing concern as events have unfolded in much the way Dr. Mercer predicted. (He died in 1987.)

For those of you who have children or plan to, the reality of global sea-level rise should scare the hell out of you. In less than a hundred years, shorelines all around the world will be reshaped, leaving low-lying land submerged under at least 10 feet of water.

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NC doesn't need to worry

We're lucky. Republicans have made sea-level rise illegal here in the Old North State. Very forward-thinking of them.

NC was once covered with ocean

I think it will be again. I don't have children and I'm outraged. I'd probably look like the Tasmanian Devil if I did.

Progressives are the true conservatives.

It is something I think about when my girls

both tell me they do not want to have children. I know they may change their minds, but I honestly believe this is something that the next generation must seriously take into consideration before they start a family.



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Binker just tweeted that Keith Crisco has died

This is terrible news if it is true. He said it was reported by Crisco's company.

It is confirmed.



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:(

Wow. That's just...wow.

Such sad news

Life is short. Shorter than we think.

I spent the entire day

sending emails and making phones calls to invite people to the UCDP GOTV organizing meeting. I hope we have good attendance. I still have another email list to create from volunteer sheets people have turned in. Egads!



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