I have always had a fascination with scientists and their detail on glacier observations. There is a trend that is becoming well known about glacier ice melting at the polar ice caps. With every passing year, comes more evidence of this snowball effect of global warming.
The first alarming thing that you need to realize is we need a warming trend for many years before large glaciers start melting and in turn causing sea level rises. More details are being discovered between the connection of humans and natural climate changes.
Ben Marzeion and his team used computer simulations to show models of all glaciers on the planet between 1851 and 2010 and how they would react with natural and man-made influences.
“While we keep factors such as solar variability and volcanic eruptions unchanged, we are able to modify land use changes and greenhouse gas emissions in our models,” says Ben Marzeion, who sums up the study: “In our data we find unambiguous evidence of anthropogenic contribution to glacier mass loss.”
The computer simulation determined that between 1851 to 2010, the glacier ice mass loss was only about 25% cause by humans. But, don’t breath a sigh of relief just yet.
The team also found that between 1991 and 2010 that figure increased to two thirds of ice melt caused by humans.This is quite shocking, because it tells us that humans are responsible for 295 billion tons of ice melting in the past two decades.
I love technology and I love what it has helped us achieve in the last 50 years, but I also hate that we are making such an impact on mother nature due to some of our techniques of moving forward as a species.
But, who knows..maybe I’ll love the ocean view from my home in Pennsylvania someday.