This was posted on a YahooGroup: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Air_America_Rising I run, and I found it very interesting and dire.
The Washington Post is reporting this on its front page:The Antarctic ice sheet is losing as much as 36 cubic miles of ice ayear in a trend that scientists link to global warming, according toa new paper that provides the first evidence that the sheet's totalmass is shrinking significantly.The new findings, which are being published today in the journalScience, suggest that global sea level could rise substantially overthe next several centuries.
This is just one of a slew of scientific papers in recent weeks thathave sought to gauge the impact of climate change on the world'soceans and lakes. The ice sheet is losing mass at a significantrate. New Antarctic measurements, using data from two NASAsatellites called the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment(GRACE), found that the amount of water pouring annually from theice sheet into the ocean. Scientists from NASA and the NAS say thisis equivalent to the amount of water the United States uses in threemonths.This is terrible news people... well unless you're George W. Bush...who needs more data.
This story should be getting more attention.