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Timeline of recent environmental concerns

Part 5: 2016-FEB to AUG:
Climate change concerns: Ocean level.
Displacement of animal species.
Greenland glacier melting.
"Third Pole" glaciers melting.

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A flooded highway sign.

2016-FEB-22: Articles published on costal flooding:

Two articles were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

  • One article was by Benjamin H. Strauss, the Vice President for Sea Level and Climate Impacts at Climate Central. He blamed the rise in ocean level on the increase in greenhouse gasses that are a byproduct of human activity. It is expected to rapidly grow far worse in the near future. He wrote:

    "I think we need a new way to think about most coastal flooding. It’s not [caused by] the tide. It’s not the wind. It’s us. That’s true for most of the coastal floods we now experience.”

  • A second article was by Professor Stefan Rahmstorf at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He wrote:

    "I think we can definitely be confident that sea-level rise is going to continue to accelerate if there’s further warming, which inevitably there will be."

    His article states that the oceans of the world are rising at their fastest rate in 2,800 years, and that the rate has increased sharply over the past century. At the present rate he estimates that the sea level could rise up to three or four additional feet by the year 2100. This value is similar to the 1.7 to 3.2 feet rise estimated by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2013. 1

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2016-AUG: Future displacement of animal species throughout the Americas:

Researchers at the University of Washington and the Nature Conservancy have computed the future effects of global warming and the resultant rise in sea levels on existing species of mammals, birds and amphibian species. They estimate that almost 3,000 species will find the climate in areas where they are currently located to be too hot and inhospitable. Animals will "have to head for the poles."

The researchers have prepared a dynamic map of North and South America showing the migration paths that animals will are expected to take as they seek more hospitable climates:


Migrating species will be faced with many problems. Dan Majka, the ecologist at The Nature Conservancy who created the map, said that most species are unable to swim:

"... Around the Great Lakes ... you’ll see that species steer around them, since most can’t go through water, or through New York City. ... I don’t know if, in our lifetimes, we’ll see these migrations that are extreme and obvious. It’s a little more subtle than that." 3

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Margaret Rhodes, writing for said:

"A study from earlier this year found that only 41 percent of the United States is available to animals migrating towards fairer climates; the remaining 59 percent has been blocked off by development. Less fencing and smarter infrastructure -- like wildlife overpasses that stretch over highways -- could improve things for animals. With new passageways open, they could seek manifest destiny and, hopefully, adapt to new climates." 3

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2016-AUG: The ice sheet covering Greenland is melting quickly:

Scientists have measured the loss in ice due to melting of the world's ice sheets, and find that the loss is accelerated over the past few years. The data confirms predictions that they have made in the past. Using high resolution satellite data from the European Space Agency's CryoSat-2 mission, they estimate that over the three year interval from 2011 to 2014, Greenland has been losing about 270 gigatons of ice per year. That is enough to fill 110 million Oympic size swimming pools with water annually. 4,5

In recent years, the Internet has been inundated by articles and videos by individuals promoting the concept of a flat earth. In the VERY unlikely event that their beliefs are accurate, then if the ice there were to melt, it could mean a disaster for the Earth. That is because most of the flat earth enthusiasts claim that the Antarctic is not a continent that has roughly the area of the U.S. and Mexico combined. Rather it is a ring of ice of unknown width around the edge of a flat, circular Earth, as shown below.

shape of the Earth according to believers in a flat earth
A common concept of a "flat earth"

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If the Antarctic should should follow Greenland's trend and melt -- at even one location -- then the water from all the oceans of the Earth would drain off the edge of the world and be lost. The impact of this event is difficult to comprehend, but would be massive.

It is a pity that the Earth is not structured as the Flat Earther's belief. If it were, then we might be able to excavate a channel through the ice wall at its narrowest spot and use it to drain off excessive water in a controlled manner. That could restore ocean levels to their earlier value, and reduce costal flooding around the world.

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2016-AUG: Glaciers at the Earth's "Third Pole" are melting quickly: 6

The term "Third Pole" refers to a region that is south of China and north of India. It contains the third largest area of frozen water on the planet and covers about 100,000 square kilometers. Ten of the largest rivers in Asia start there.

Alex Gray, writing for the World Economic Forum said:

"It is estimated that the water that flows from the Third Pole supports 120 million people directly through irrigation systems, and a total of 1.3 billion indirectly through river basins in China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. That’s nearly one fifth of the world’s population.

The temperatures at the "Third Pole" have risen by about 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) over the past five decades. This has caused the melting rate of the glaciers at the "Pole" to double since 2005. More than 500 small glaciers have dissapeared. The rest are shrinking rapidly. 6

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More information from later in 2016 is in the next essay.

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Some more environment/climate change articles that may be of interest to you:

  • Part 1: 2013: Quotes. Background. Bay of Bengal incident. Decline in Canada's arctic ice cover.

  • Part 2: 2013/2014: Canada loses its seasons. 316 North American cities to be under water.

  • Part 3: 2013/2014: Christians, Republicans' & Democrats' beliefs differ. Volcanoes cause pauses in global warming. Americans' views on climate change.

  • Part 4: 2014/2015: How Americans viewed climate change. HFC limits. Groups abandoning ALEC. Paris Conference reaches agreement.

  • Part 6: 2016-SEP: Flooding on the U.S. East coast. U.S. and China ratify the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Pres. Obama: trends are "terrifying."

  • Part 7: 2016-SEP: Obama comments on warming (Con't). 31 countries ratify Paris agreement. Trump zigzags on Climate Change.

  • Part 8: 2016-Summer/Fall: Events showing that climate change is adversely affecting life on Earth

  • Part 9: 2016-OCT: Did God send Hurricane Matthew as an anti-LGBT message to humanity? Alternate opinions. Hurricane Matthew re-enters Atlantic Ocean.

  • Part 10: 2016-NOV: U.S. Costal real estate threatened. Rapid temperature rise in the Arctic. Very large poll about climate change.

  • Part 11: 2016-DEC: President-elect Trump's climate change beliefs. New heads of federal government departments. Extinction of 11 species.

  • Part 12: 2016-DEC: President-elect Trump's 16 Promised Plans on Energy and the Environment.

  • Part 13: 2017-JAN: 2016 Was The Hottest Year On Record, Ever.

  • Part 14: star 2017-JAN: Recent Climate Change Measurements!

  • Part 15:2017-JAN to APR: Climate Change Debate is Changing. What if All the Earth's Glaciers Melted?

  • Part 16: 2017-JAN to APR: Donald Trump Becomes President. EPA Foe Installed as Head of EPA! Hundreds Die During Flood in Colombia. Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere Reaches New High.

  • Part 17: Studies of the Effects of Sea-level Rise in California between Now and the Year 2100.

  • Part 18: President Trump Decided that the U.S. Will Quit the Paris Agreement. Explosive Reactions to his Plan, nationally and globally.

  • Part 19: More Reactions to the U.S. Withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Record high temperatures in San Francisco and elsewhere.

  • Part 20:2017-AUG/SEP : Group of 20 summit meeting, Hurricane Harvey attacks Texas. Is climate change increasing the severity or frequency of hurricanes?

  • Part 21: 2017-SEP: 2017-SEP: Can government regulations help? U.S. record high temperatures. Did God send Hurricane Harvey to attack TX?. Hurricane Irma attacks Caribbean, FL, SC, GA. Hurricanes Jose & Maria.

  • Part 22: 2017-SEP/OCT: The most expensive recent hurricanes to attack the United States. Does God use Hurricanes to send a message? Conflicts, climate change cause rise in hunger.

  • Part 23: 2017-OCT to 2017-DEC: All UN states have signed the Paris Agreement. Government report contradicts the President. Comment by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

  • Part 24: 2018-JAN to MAY: New temperature records. President signs bill increasing research."Onion's" amusing fake news. Sea levels rising; cities under water. Climate change beliefs as function of age. Proposed Mount Trumpmore project. Volcano in Hawaii. How global warming is affecting California. Animal, Insect, & Bird Ranges Shrink. Nutrients in rice reduced. California Governor's comments.

  • Part 25: 2018-JUN & JUL: During 2018-JUN: A very few encouraging signs. Hurricanes slowing as winds increase. Changes in Antarctic ice and environment. Norway's growing season increased. A new world highest temperature. Future ocean levels.

  • Part 26: 2018-JUL: New York City reports to the UN. Impacts of humans burning up all our fossil energy. WWW.CLIMATECENTRAL.ORG's tools.
    Death Valley, CA, sets new record. Dissapearing wetlands in Louisiana. Climate change affecting Northern lands. Hurricane Florence.

  • Part 27: 2018-AUG & SEP: Dissapearing wetlands in Louisiana. Climate change affecting Northern countries. Hurricane Florence attacks the Carolinas. Pat Robinson's "Shield of Protection" doesn't work.

  • Part 28: 2018-SEP & OCT: Trump Admin. predicts: 7ºF temperature rise by the year 2099. Impact of climate change on women. Green Building Week & commitment. New IPCC report predicts a "Strong Risk of Crisis as early as 2040.

  • Part 29: 2018-OCT & NOV: Southern Baptist Convention downplays IPCC Report. Climate changing Fall season. Ozone layer continues to heal.
    Trump Confuses Weather & Climate.

  • Part 30: 2018-NOV: Hope for people who have no access to clean water. Trump Administration releases National Climate Assessment report. Reactions to the report.

  • Part 31: 2018-DEC: How to lie about climate change. UN head repeats warning. Major report on Arctic climate. Greenhouse gases soar. Can climate scientists be trusted?

  • Part 32: 2019-JAN: Collecting plastic trash from the Pacific Ocean. U.S. Public opinion on the environment. Status of climate change at the start of 2019.

  • Part 33: 2019-JAN-MAR: If Ocean Cleanup fails.... Public opinion on environment. Climate change in early 2019. Sea rise from Antarctic melting. Denmark fights cow flatulence. Disconnect between the EPA and climate scientists. Change is urgent NOW!

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Copyright © 2016 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally posted: 2016-AUG-27
Latest update: 2016-SEP-27
Author: B.A. Robinson

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