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By David Spratt

Revealing vast medical proof that the worldwide warming situation is much worse than formally indicated, this meticulously documented call-to-action argues that the planet is nearly on the element of no go back. From huge ice sheets disintegrating and devastating losses of species to the promise that sea degrees will upward push greater than sixteen toes this century, this research exhibits that it really is not a case of ways even more will be “safely” emitted yet even if emissions may be stopped thoroughly sooner than the Earth’s weather is past human recovery. Demonstrating that those imperatives are incompatible with politics and a "business as ordinary" perspective, this survey illustrates how the surroundings faces a sustainability emergency that urgently calls for a transparent holiday from failure-inducing compromise.

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Greenland experienced more days of melting snow in 2006 than the island had averaged over recent decades. According to NASA researcher Marco Tedesco, the area experiencing at least one day of melting has been increasing since 1992 at a rate of 35,000 square kilometres per year, and the melt extent for 2007 was the largest recorded since satellite measurements began, in 1979. Thomas Mote of the Climatology Research Laboratory at the University of 61/544 Georgia found the summertime melt in 2007 to be the most extreme so far: 60 per cent greater than the previous highest rate, in 1998.

Robert Corell, the chair of the IPCC’s Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, says of Greenland: ‘Nobody knows now how quickly it will melt … This is all unprecedented in the 62/544 science … Until recently, we didn’t believe it possible, for instance, for water to permeate a glacier all the way to the bottom. But that’s what’s happening. ’ As the ice sheet cracks into huge pieces that are several cubic kilometres in size, it scrapes across the bedrock and triggers earthquake-like tremors. And there is an acceleration of the speed at which Greenland glaciers are moving into the sea; some glacier velocities have more than doubled.

43/544 NSIDC research scientist Walt Meier told the Independent on 22 September that the 2007 ice extent was ‘the biggest drop from a previous record that we’ve ever had and it’s really quite astounding … Certainly we’ve been on a downward trend for the last thirty years or so, but this is really accelerating the trend’. But it wasn’t just the area, or extent, of the sea-ice that was declining rapidly; an even more dramatic story lay hidden beneath. 5 metres; and now, in 2008, large areas are only 1 metre thick.

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