Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A grab bag of portents

April 2010 was the warmest April in the instrumental record. The 12-month running average of temperatures is also at an all-time high. The Arctic sea ice is running below 2007 trends, with more than a million square kilometers of ice missing, compared to the already-low 1979-2009 average.

Greenland's ice sheet is disintegrating so rapidly, parts of the coast are rising by a inch a year -- simply as a result of all those millions of tons of ice melting away. The melt is accelerating by about 20 gigatons a year -- if that acceleration were to continue, a third of the ice sheet would be gone by the end of the century.

And where are the deniers? In short, they are ignoring the science and celebrating the success of their propaganda.

More on this later.

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