Listen: Greenland And Fifty Years discussed on This Week in Science
"Rather than increasing steadily as climate warms Riemann will melt increasingly more and more every degree of warming melting in sea-level rise. We observed already will be dwarfed. By what we may expect in the future as climate continues to warm sisters, even there you small change in temperature caused an exponential increase and melting in recent years, so the ice sheets response to human caused warming has been non linear warming means more today than it has any point in the past. So. They were able to go back to the seventeenth century by doing ice cores and looking at no. What was I smoked in the past versus what it is today. And it's kind of determined that. We're. On a way. Exponential, awful horrible thing. So so so this is that's the that's the scientific story. It's going to get it's bad. Now. It's only gonna get worse. But thank. To be able to answer what my next happen to Greenland. We need Greenland is already responded climate change. And with says, what are is course show is that Greenland is now at a state where it's much more sensitive to further increases in temperature than it was even fifty years ago and fifty years ago, it was really bad. And so so my my my end point of this is why we humans. Were far flung from Greenland are going to be impacted eventually and in mass by this melting. We tend to ignore the humans who were already there that the anyway of Greenland who happened to be among the most salt of the earth, folks, you could ever hope to meet their world their livelihoods their history their future. They're very ability to exist on planet earth is in immediate danger. Right. As we watch them why into the sea through no fault of their own through no benefit. They have taken from this planet. We take no action to prevent it from happening. We will be bearing witness who foreshadowing of our own eventual demise which will follow. If no action is taken. They cruel certainty in icy indifference to our complaining about it. When it takes place. You know, like we talk about this on the show quite a bit about. Human ability to survive in inhospitable climates, and do all these sort of things that humans have done to survive.."