The Tipping Point: Reached

by fmhilton

Yesterday I saw a disturbing headline and map on the NY Times.

Reading the article, I was stunned to discover that it is now too late to hope for the survival of this planet.

“Oh, come on, now-you’re being melodramatic! There’s still time to fix this!”

Ah, but you’re wrong. It’s done-game over.

The damage is far greater than anyone imagined, (except for that guy back in 1978 who foresaw this) and it’s now irretrievably past the tipping zone.

Collapse of parts of West Antarctica Ice Sheet has begun, scientists say

Read it for yourself and thank your lucky stars that you’re living in probably the last few hundred years of a livable, sustainable planet.

A large section of the mighty West Antarctica ice sheet has begun falling apart and its continued melting now appears to be unstoppable, two groups of scientists reported on Monday. If the findings hold up, they suggest that the melting could destabilize neighboring parts of the ice sheet and a rise in sea level of 10 feet or more may be unavoidable in coming centuries.

Because in about 200 years, it won’t be.

The rise of the sea is likely to continue to be relatively slow for the rest of the 21st century, the scientists added, but in the more distant future it may accelerate markedly, potentially throwing society into crisis.

“This is really happening,” Thomas P. Wagner, who runs NASA’s programs on polar ice and helped oversee some of the research, said in an interview. “There’s nothing to stop it now. But you are still limited by the physics of how fast the ice can flow.

Nice knowing you, Earth. It was great to live here. Too bad we had to destroy you…