global warming on tap August 7, 2006Posted by Brad Richert in science.
Salik Hard didn’t mention whether he saw Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”, but I am pretty sure he probably agrees with him. Not that he is just going to sit around and let global warming get the best of him. Salik Hard is a glass-half-full kind of guy. Literally. He is co-founder of the first Inuit microbrewery in the world, Greenland Brewhouse. “Smooth, soft, but not bitter” explains electrician Flemming Larsen concerning the new “Greenland Beer”. The key ingredient? Water. Well, thats normal. Water from where? 2,000 year-old arctic glaciers Hard explains.
Scientists have found that Greenland’s glaciers are melting twice as fast as they were just five years ago. They also say that within the next hundred years, the melting of the ice caps may be irreversible. Conservative estimates put Greenland Beer’s supplies, however, lasting until the end of this millenium. So what? Thats a thousands years away, right? Okay, so London and Los Angeles don’t have to worry for a while, but how about low-lying countries like Bangladesh? 1/7th of the ice sheet melting could submerge much of the country.
The icy-cold hard facts:
- + Over the last 20 years temperatures have increased by about 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees Celsius) along the southeast coast of Greenland
- + the melting of Greenland’s ice sheet would raise the oceans by seven meters (23 feet), threatening to submerge cities located at sea level, from London to Los Angeles.
- + A one-meter [three-foot] sea level rise would submerge a substantial amount of Bangladesh
- + Greenland accounts for about 0.02 inch (0.5 millimeter) per year of the global rise
- + global rise currently stands at about 0.1 inch (3 millimeters) per year
- + Between 1996 and 2000 southeast Greenland’s outlet glaciers—which are relatively small but fast flowing—accelerated 28.5 percent, on average
- + Between 1996 and 2005 the speed of those same glaciers increased 57 percent
- + In 1996 the number was 12 cubic miles (50 cubic kilometers) [ice Greenland losing due to glaciers sliding seaward]
- + In 2005 it was 36 cubic miles (150 cubic kilometers)
- + the Greenland ice sheet lost 22 cubic miles (90 cubic kilometers) of ice in 1996
- + 54 cubic miles (224 cubic kilometers) in 2005
So bottoms up!
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