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The icy realm of Greenland is getting hot under the collar.

The melting of Greenland’s massive ice sheet has now accelerated, scientists announced Wednesday, and shows no signs of slowing down, according to a new study.

“Melting of the Greenland ice sheet has gone into overdrive,” said Luke Trusel, a glaciologist at Rowan University and lead author of the study. “Greenland melt is adding to sea level more than any time during the last three and a half centuries, if not thousands of years,” he said.

Ice loss from Greenland is the single largest contributor to global sea-level rise, which is…

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15 thoughts on “Greenland’s ice sheet melt has ‘gone into overdrive’ and is now ‘off the charts’

  1. For some of us, time to learn how to swim long distance… for others, perhaps they can figure out how to manufacture stilsuits (reference to Frank Herbert’s sci-fi series, Dune) Of course, even if we grow gills, as in the mutants of “Water World” or can survive and walk freely on burning sands, neither solves the problem of food. No, I think we need to let our minds accept the coming catastrophe and boldly face it since there is going to be no way around it now. The predicted massive die-back of Earthians is going to take place, short term (100 years) or long term (500 years). There is going to be an incremental erosion of many comforts, benefits and conveniences we take for granted now, much increase in violence over resources, especially land, and some will manage to survive and perhaps even thrive through it. Most, particularly city dwellers, will not. So, we engage survival mode now, whatever that means, or we go with, “Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die!” I think that is going to be most people’s choice, or non-choice in any case.

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        • Yes. Dune was too deep to make a good movie – unlike Lord of the Rings which was a good story, but not nearly as intense or intellectual. However, I still enjoyed the movies. I own the two made with Susan Sarandon on DVD.

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        • I have those also. I like “Children of Dune” particularly. The books however take one all the way to the demise of Chapter House and the final scattering of the Bene Gesserit sisterhood. Speaking of Lord of the Rings, to really “get it” one has to read Tolkien’s “The Silmarillion” That is a brilliant work, much deeper and superior to the Lord of the Rings trilogy and a prequel to it.

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  2. I’ve often wondered why no one made movies of the final three books of Dune. It has such amazing stories that, although there is so much depth that it may be difficult to put to film, have drama and action that would keep even dull-witted people interested (especially the parts with the Honored Matres).

    I hope I didn’t come off as condescending about the relative lack of depth to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I read The Hobbit and the trilogy and enjoyed them. It was also a long time ago. I no longer own the books – I gave a couple of them to my daughters years ago. But I could never part with my Frank Herbert collection (seriously) and have reread all six Dune books a few times. I’ve found that each time I read them, being a bit older (and hopefully a bit wiser), I see a few things I don’t recall seeing before. It’s fascinating how you can read something that technically doesn’t change but because you’ve changed the book seems different.

    I will attempt to find a copy of “The Silmarillion” and read it. I’m leaving the U.S. soon and will be living in a Spanish-speaking country. I also don’t shop online so I’ll have to find it in the next couple months. I’m also poor so I hope to find it in a library.

    Thank you for the recommendation.

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