Friday the 13th falls on a Wednesday this month, and offers us this observation:

There's still much that remains unknown about the [Greenland] ice sheet, which at roughly 650,000 square miles is more than twice the size of Texas. The sheet, up to two miles thick, contains enough ice that, if it all melted, would raise oceans around the world by 24 feet.

Can you swim? Not a problem for you or your kids, but what about their kids?

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Comment by moki ikom on December 13, 2017 at 11:24am

Worldwide community retreats from rising ocean shorelines seem likely to be one of the less immediate impacts of our specie's contribution toward Earth's warming ecosphere:

How global warming impacts water ...With climate change, the water cycle is expected to undergo significant change. For example, a warmer climate causes more water to evaporate from both land and oceans; in turn, a warmer atmosphere can hold more water – roughly four percent more water for every 1ºF rise in temperature. 

Declining water quality is another consequence of climate change. Water temperature, for example, will generally rise in streams, lakes, and reservoirs as air temperature rises. This tends to lead to lower levels of dissolved oxygen in water, hence more stress on the fish, insects, crustaceans and other aquatic animals that rely on oxygen. As more – and more intense – precipitation leads to increased runoff in certain regions, we can also expect more pollution to be washed into our waterways: sediments, nitrogen from agriculture, disease pathogens, pesticides, and herbicides.  Naturally, the pollution load in streams and rivers will tend to be carried to larger bodies of water downstream – lakes, estuaries, and the coastal ocean – where one of the more dramatic consequences of heavy runoff can be blooms of harmful algae and bacteria. 

The tide is rising  … Along with alarming threats to coastal communities, infrastructure, economies and ecosystems, this rise has implications for available freshwater, as rising sea levels drive saltwater into freshwater aquifers. To be useful for drinking or irrigating, more water from our aquifers, then, would need to be treated, usually by energy-intensive processes. Given the wide range of human activities that depend – directly or indirectly – on water, future climate-driven changes in water resources will affect many aspects of our lives.

https://www.ucsusa.org/global-warming/science-and-impacts/impacts/water-and-climate-change.html#.WjFqq1Q-eHo

Comment by Robert Young on December 13, 2017 at 11:32am

Union of Concerned Scientists???  elite snobs, as everyone knows.  we need basic people like Roy Moore to lead us to the Promised Land. /sarcasm, if it's not clear.

Comment by koshersalaami on December 13, 2017 at 2:28pm

Given how his wife talks about Jews, I suspect they haven't been to the Promised Land. However, the Promised Land leads the world in desalination and low water use crop growing. 

Comment by Robert Young on December 13, 2017 at 3:45pm

yeah, just elite lawyers and doctors and judges and such.  can't be trusted to understanding Real Americans.  /sarcasm, for the same reason.

Comment by Maui Surfer on December 13, 2017 at 9:03pm

Surf spots are disappearing, changing or, in some rare cases, being birthed. For a great resource check out https://www.surfrider.org

Comment by Tom Cordle on December 14, 2017 at 8:15am

One more reason why I moved from Florida to Tennessee. But not to worry, it's all in God's hands - yeah, but what if God is pissed-off?

Comment by koshersalaami on December 14, 2017 at 8:29am

At what or whom?

Comment by Robert Young on December 14, 2017 at 9:36am

well, as was common in the 70s:  she's pissed at men.

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