Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Feverish Earth - On The Edge

Ice doesn’t melt, or at least that’s not all it does.

It breaks, and the ice covering Greenland and the vast continent of Antarctica is disappearing, sliding into the ocean far faster than previously, publicly admitted.

A series of articles in the British newspaper The Independent recently have highlighted the recent escalation in Global Warming, and not the least the escalation in the realization of the truth of the matter.

Many scientists and «laymen», among them myself, have for ten years warned that the results presented by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), controversial as they were at the time, were far too modest. Now, the evidence of that is revealing itself everywhere. We were told the ice would take at least a thousand years to go away. I have always rejected the thousand-year model. It looked too neat, too much like a cover up. We were lied to and misled, as usual.

NASA and the Unites States administration attempted to gag Jim Hansen, like others have been gagged, in a thousand small and big ways.

Read the articles. Read them well. Read them again, and keep reading them. And please convince yourself that this is the Truth, because it is. It’s not the entire truth… since that is even worse, but it is the closest to the upcoming reality ever actually having been presented to the public in such a wide, revealing scope.

Climate change: On the edge

Greenland ice cap breaking up at twice the rate it was five years ago, says scientist Bush tried to gag

By Jim Hansen

Published: 17 February 2006

A satellite study of the Greenland ice cap shows that it is melting far faster than scientists had feared - twice as much ice is going into the sea as it was five years ago. The implications for rising sea levels - and climate change - could be dramatic.

Yet, a few weeks ago, when I - a Nasa climate scientist - tried to talk to the media about these issues following a lecture I had given calling for prompt reductions in the emission of greenhouse gases, the Nasa public affairs team - staffed by political appointees from the Bush administration - tried to stop me doing so. I was not happy with that, and I ignored the restrictions. The first line of Nasa's mission is to understand and protect the planet.

This new satellite data is a remarkable advance. We are seeing for the first time the detailed behaviour of the ice streams that are draining the Greenland ice sheet. They show that Greenland seems to be losing at least 200 cubic kilometres of ice a year. It is different from even two years ago, when people still said the ice sheet was in balance.

Hundreds of cubic kilometres sounds like a lot of ice. But this is just the beginning. Once a sheet starts to disintegrate, it can reach a tipping point beyond which break-up is explosively rapid. The issue is how close we are getting to that tipping point. The summer of 2005 broke all records for melting in Greenland. So we may be on the edge.

Our understanding of what is going on is very new. Today's forecasts of sea-level rise use climate models of the ice sheets that say they can only disintegrate over a thousand years or more. But we can now see that the models are almost worthless. They treat the ice sheets like a single block of ice that will slowly melt. But what is happening is much more dynamic.

Once the ice starts to melt at the surface, it forms lakes that empty down crevasses to the bottom of the ice. You get rivers of water underneath the ice. And the ice slides towards the ocean. Our Nasa scientists have measured this in Greenland. And once these ice streams start moving, their influence stretches right to the interior of the ice sheet. Building an ice sheet takes a long time, because it is limited by snowfall. But destroying it can be explosively rapid.

How fast can this go? Right now, I think our best measure is what happened in the past. We know that, for instance, 14,000 years ago sea levels rose by 20m in 400 years - that is five metres in a century. This was towards the end of the last ice age, so there was more ice around. But, on the other hand, temperatures were not warming as fast as today.

How far can it go? The last time the world was three degrees warmer than today - which is what we expect later this century - sea levels were 25m higher. So that is what we can look forward to if we don't act soon. None of the current climate and ice models predict this. But I prefer the evidence from the Earth's history and my own eyes. I think sea-level rise is going to be the big issue soon, more even than
warming itself.

It's hard to say what the world will be like if this happens. It would be another planet. You could imagine great armadas of icebergs breaking off Greenland and melting as they float south. And, of course, huge areas being flooded.

How long have we got? We have to stabilise emissions of carbon dioxide within a decade, or temperatures will warm by more than one degree. That will be warmer than it has been for half a million years, and many things could become unstoppable. If we are to stop that, we cannot wait for new technologies like capturing emissions from burning coal. We have to act with what we have. This decade, that means focusing on energy efficiency and renewable sources of energy that do not burn carbon. We don't have much time left.

Jim Hansen, the director of the Nasa Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, is President George Bush's top climate modeller. He was speaking to Fred Pearce


Sea levels likely to rise much faster than was predicted

By Steve connor, Science Editor in St Louis

Published: 17 February 2006

Global warming is causing the Greenland ice cap to disintegrate far faster than anyone predicted. A study of the region's massive ice sheet warns that sea levels may - as a consequence - rise more dramatically than expected.

Scientists have found that many of the huge glaciers of Greenland are moving at an accelerating rate - dumping twice as much ice into the sea than five years ago - indicating that the ice sheet is undergoing a potentially catastrophic breakup.

The implications of the research are dramatic given Greenland holds enough ice to raise global sea levels by up to 21ft, a disaster scenario that would result in the flooding of some of the world's major population centres, including all of Britain's city ports.

Satellite measurements of the entire land mass of Greenland show that the speed at which the glaciers are moving to the sea has increased significantly over the past 10 years with some glaciers moving three times faster than in the mid-1990s.

Scientists believe that computer models of how the Greenland ice sheet will react to global warming have seriously underestimated the threat posed by sea levels that could rise far more quickly than envisaged.

The latest study, presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in St Louis, shows that rather than just melting relatively slowly, the ice sheet is showing all the signs of a mechanical break-up as glaciers slip ever faster into the ocean, aided by the "lubricant" of melt water forming at their base.

Eric Rignot, a scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, said that computer models used by the UN's International Panel on Climate Change have not adequately taken into account the amount of ice falling into the sea from glacial movements.

Yet the satellite study shows that about two-thirds of the sea-level rise caused by the Greenland ice sheet is due to icebergs breaking off from fast-moving glaciers rather than simply the result of water running off from melting ice.

"In simple terms, the ice sheet is breaking up rather than melting. It's not a surprise in itself but it is a surprise to see the magnitude of the changes. These big glaciers seem to be accelerating, they seem to be going faster and faster to the sea," Dr Rignot said.

"This is not predicted by the current computer models. The fact is the glaciers of Greenland are evolving faster than we thought and the models have to be adjusted to catch up with these observations," he said.

The Greenland ice sheet covers an area of 1.7 million sq km - about the size of Mexico - and, in places, is up to 3km thick. It formed over thousands of years by the gradual accumulation of ice and snow but now its disintegration could occur in decades or centuries.

Over the past 20 years, the air temperature of Greenland has risen by 3C and computer models suggested it would take at least 1,000 years for the ice sheet to melt completely. But the latest study suggests that glaciers moving at an accelerating rate could bring about a much faster change.

"The behaviour of the glaciers that dump ice into the sea is the most important aspect of understanding how an ice sheet will evolve in a changing climate," Dr Rignot said. "It takes a long time to build and melt an ice sheet but glaciers can react quickly to temperature changes. Climate warming can work in different ways but, generally speaking, if you warm up the ice sheet, the glacier will flow faster," he said.

The ice "balance sheet" of Greenland is complex but - in simple terms - it depends on the amount of snow that falls, the amount of ice that melts as run-off and the amount of ice that falls directly into the sea in the form of icebergs "calving" from moving glaciers.

Satellites show that the glaciers in the south of Greenland are now moving much faster than they were 10 years ago. Scientists estimate that, in 1996, glaciers deposited about 50 cubic km of ice into the sea. In 2005 it had risen to 150 cubic km of ice.

Details of the latest study, published in the journal Science, show that Greenland now accounts for an increase in global sea levels of about 0.5 millimetres per year - compared to a total sea level rise of 3mm per year.

When previous studies of the ice balance are taken into account, the researchers calculated that the overall amount of ice dumped into the sea increased from 90 cubic km in 1996 to 224 cubic km in 2005.

Dr Rignot said that there are now signs that the more northerly glaciers of Greenland are beginning to adopt the pattern of movements seen by those in the south. "The southern half of Greenland is reacting to what we think is climate warming. The northern half is waiting, but I don't think it's going to take long," he said.


Global warming '30 times quicker than it used to be'

By Steve Connor

Published: 17 February 2006

Greenhouse gases are being released into the atmosphere 30 times faster than the time when the Earth experienced a previous episode of global warming.

A study comparing the rate at which carbon dioxide and methane are being emitted now, compared to 55 million years ago when global warming also occurred, has found dramatic differences in the speed of release.

James Zachos, professor of earth sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, said the speed of the present build-up of greenhouse gases is far greater than during the global warming after the demise of the dinosaurs.

"The emissions that caused this past episode of global warming probably lasted 10,000 years," Professor Zachos told the American Association for the Advancement of Science at a meeting in St Louis. "By burning fossil fuels, we are likely to emit the same amount over the next three centuries."

He warned that studies of global warming events in the geological past indicate the Earth's climate passes a threshold beyond which climate change accelerates with the help of positive feedbacks - vicious circles of warming.

Professor Zachos is a leading authority on the episode of global warming known as the palaeocene-eocene thermal maximum, when average global temperatures increased by up to 5C due to a massive release of carbon dioxide and methane.

His research into the deep ocean sediments suggests at this time about 4.5 billion tons of carbon entered the atmosphere over 10,000 years. This will be the similar amount of carbon released into the atmosphere from cars and industrial emissions over the next 300 years if present trends continue, he said.

Although carbon can be released suddenly and naturally into the atmosphere from volcanic activity, it takes many thousand of years for it to be removed permanently by natural processes. The ocean is capable of removing carbon, and quickly, but this natural capacity can be quickly overwhelmed, which is probably what happened 55 million years ago.

"It will take tens of thousands of years before atmospheric carbon dioxide comes down to pre-industrial levels," the professor said. "Even after humans stop burning fossil fuels, the effects will be long-lasting."

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Truth revealed

A slight paraphrasing of a famous speech made a few years back...

"My fellow citizens, at this hour american and slave state forces are in the early stages of robbing another country of its natural resources. We have already killed a lot of its children, and we look forward to blow up a few more. The grave danger to our tyranny must not prevail. The idiots that elected us will keep closing their eyes to our very profitable scam and enterprise".

Paraphrased by Amos, sometimes during anna domini 2005

George W. Bush

Murderer of children men and mice,
destroyer of the human spirit

It's a derailing, a distraction to compare the current United States with Nazi Germany and George W. Bush with Adolph Hitler, of course. The situation isn't the same, and the persons in question aren't the same, and it takes the attention away from the truly important matters.

But it's inevitable, really, because it is so obvious.

Students in Norway, a country suffering quite heavily from Hitler and Germany's machination during World War 2, heard a list of statements from their professor and were convinced Hitler had stated them, but it was George W. Bush. They were similar to, and sounded like Hitler's.

"We want peace, not war".

"We have no territorial claim on the world".

The lawyers devising immunity laws from war crimes evoked the Nurnberg defense.

"We have taken new measures to protect our homeland".

"God told me to strike at Al-Quaida, and I struck them".

"And then he instructed me to strike at Saddam Hussain, and I did".

To mention a few.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Murderers of children, men and mice and destroyers of the human spirit win again

They lie, lies big and small. Their lies should be and are exposed. They murder and destroy. It’s all out there in the open, for all to see, all that truly want to.

Do you sleep well at night, Tony? God, I hope not! You certainly shouldn’t. How many children have you murdered, or caused, ordered to be murdered, directly and indirectly the last decade?

Tony Blair and his cabinet of horror won yet another victory in the British parliament Wednesday. Aided by their fake «war on terror» they have, with their United States’ counterparts and in other countries, among them Denmark, triumphed through a series of oppressive laws in recent years, even more so than what was there before, tightening the noose further. Among the additions this time is a law outlawing the «glorification of terror». Tony Blair, «Teflon Tony» appears in public as a seemingly caring and passionate individual while he is in truth an insidious and wily tyrant, one of the cleverest of several equals in this current world of abundant deceit and willing enslavement. He’s an excellent representative for the new type of politicians, the breed caring even less about others than those before him. And what’s worse; when he steps down a long queue of his associates stands ready to follow in his slimy footsteps. Tony is just yet another eager man serving an oppressive system, even though he has clearly done more than his share of propagating it.

Whether Tony and George and the powers behind them, the true masters of the current world, executed the 9/11, 7/7 events and others, or merely took advantage of them, are still open to debate. In the larger scheme of things it matters little. Those forces are responsible for so many other horrors the last decades and centuries that one or two or three more hardly add significantly to the total.

A series of questions keep reappearing for the independent thinker and spirited person in this and similar matters.

What is the War on Terror exactly? What is glorifying terror?

Well, all that is easy to answer, really. The war is a subtext to crack down on any true opposition. The glorification of terror is any statement giving voice to in their mind dangerous ideas, any expression of Freedom, threatening their supremacy.

Using their own definitions, their public statements and actions, they should be charged for glorifying and executing terror, really, but I kinda doubt they will allow that…

The war they wage is basically against people domestically, against freedom everywhere. That is their agenda. The «War on Terror» is merely another lie, yet another convenient excuse on a very long list in order to achieve that hideous objective. Their desire is to silence all voicing of critical thought, and with the aid of the beyond gullible majority they’re doing just that.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

The Technological Glorification of Technology

In various science shows on television we are constantly and without exception presented with an enthusiastic and engaging glorification of technology without peer. No critical questions are asked. Science, as perfect truth seeker and perfect Truth are presented with a sick glee that in fact support the thought of Science as a new religion.

The view of Isaac Newton, the idea that everything can be measured and catalogued, labeled, dominates the present day world. It’s present on all levels, on all areas of expertise. Only what can be measured in a laboratory has a quantifiable existence.

One show teaches children and youth the jargon, the gospel of technology and civilization. Another segments it, and shows its «usefulness» to modern people. Everything is narrowed and systemized, adapted to the ruling reality.

Today’s society would like to show us only a small wave, and ignore the boiling sea. Science is an excellent tool in that regard. Like visible light only reveals only a tiny part of the spectrum, society and its tools show us only flickers of reality. In this regard, as in others, we keep returning to media, to the fourth estate. Media is eagerly presenting the accepted reality, blatantly ignoring close to all other alternatives, echoing, as always, what we’re force fed in kindergarten, at school, at work, and in society as a whole. Perception is reality, and those ruling today’s world have realized this, and are integrating it in their propaganda.

By narrowing our perception of reality, we become easier to rule, a very important reason why it’s being done.

Another, just as important side of this, is the single right to the truth today’s rulers claim to have. By filtering reality, steer it into a rail subjected to society’s rules and norms, civilization blossoms, the dictatorship blossoms.

It’s an undeniable fact that today’s overwhelming problems are created by technology, but its priests and priestesses keep singing its praise. They claim that the problems can be solved with more of the same, so to speak. What will guide us out of the trouble created by technology is more technology.

And this is supposed to be the temple of rationality, the pillar of reason? Keep trying to wrap your mind around that one, and see where it gets you.

And this - glorified as the path and the goal, as the hymn we all must sing, leading us right into humanity’s collective suicide, towards an already very present level of a never before seen destruction of nature and life on Earth - is the course mankind walks.

Sunday, February 05, 2006


I loathe muslims. I loathe christians. I loathe hindus. I loathe buddhists. This is a long list. If your religion hasn’t made it on this list, please contact me, and I’ll take care of it. You name them. I loathe them.

Now, I should, in all fairness, mention the obvious fact that I’m speaking in general terms here. Incredible as it sounds, there are people among them, people that are okay, in spite of the vile belief they’re propagating. As long as they don’t speak about their religion or act on their beliefs, they’re okay… but unfortunately they do. They hardly pass up an opportunity to give the world more of their institutionalized insanity.

There is no reason, the way I see it, to point at muslims, and claim they’re any worse than their blood brothers and sisters in other religions. The muslims are obviously contributing heavily to make the current world even more insane, but so are their not so different siblings of other fanatical faiths.

One should, as in all other cases, call a spade a spade. In a time where the thick fog of obscuration dominates the world, there is even more important and essential to speak the truth, truth and nothing but the truth.

And the truth is this:

In all areas, all parts of modern life, these sick people are poisoning people’s minds and will: In child «care», in education, in culture and general organization of society, and much, much more. Our healthy curiosity is strangled in a thousand different ways. The Big Picture becomes murky, becomes something obscure we have to reach for in pain and misery. Most non-religious people willingly accept the presence of religion in pretty much the same way slaves accept their masters. «Humanism», for instance, willingly accept religion's contribution to our culture, as a part of «our common heritage», and unfortunately they’re correct.

Many want, in today’s situation, to support the muslims. The fact that they suffer from general persecution seems like a good reason to accept their devastating view on life. I don’t see it that way. In today’s current situation, with a strong christian war machine and a lesser muslim version of the same, there is simply no reason to support any of them, no reason to not attack them both. They’re two sides of the same coin, and deserve each other. Let them war. Let them destroy each other.

As is often the case today both sides of a conflict are equally reprehensible. They’re both eager supporters of the tyranny surrounding us all. This isn’t a clash of civilizations. This is Civilization!

Another and equally important matter, is that they shouldn’t be allowed to set the agenda, shouldn’t be allowed by passionate and aware people to dominate the world with their disgusting view on human life. That is what they have been doing for centuries, for millennia, and we see where it has brought us. Without nationalism and religion today’s dominant militarism would hardly be anything but a wet spot on the ground. It would probably not even be a word.

Christianity, Islam and Judaism have a common origin, and are still the same in all ways that count. They’ve never separated, not concerning major philosophy. There are variations, but not bigger than between gray stones in a heap of stones. So, do we believe them when they cry about how different they are, how little they have in common?

Of course not.

Either they’re worshipping a black meteor, a carpenter that has never existed, or an old, senile graybeard or a similar idiocy, they’re all an Enemy of everything that lives, everything and everyone hoping that tomorrow will come.