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Scientists Cut Greenland Ice Loss Estimate By Half 414

Posted by samzenpus
from the not-so-bad-after-all dept.
bonch writes "A new study on Greenland's and West Antarctica's rate of ice loss halves the estimate of ice loss. Published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the study takes into account a rebounding of the Earth's crust called glacial isostatic adjustment, a continuing rise of the crust after being smashed under the weight of the Ice Age. 'We have concluded that the Greenland and West Antarctica ice caps are melting at approximately half the speed originally predicted,' said researcher Bert Vermeeersen."
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Scientists Cut Greenland Ice Loss Estimate By Half

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  • Scientists (Score:3, Funny)

    by Hognoxious (631665) on Thursday September 09, 2010 @05:18AM (#33518422) Homepage Journal

    Scientists are wrong again, just like they were about magnets.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 09, 2010 @05:38AM (#33518532)

    "After ten years of study, we have determined that our prediction of the end of the world within five years may have underestimated the time remaining..."

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 09, 2010 @06:00AM (#33518636)

    Nope, but the good news is the science is settled on anthropogenic climate change!
    Just like it was settled when their claim was twice as large as it is now!
    Just like it will be settled when tomorrow they claim that actually the planet is dying at 1% of the rate they first thought!
    Just like it will be settled next week when they find that oops, the planet isn't really dying at all, this is a natural warming cycle just like has been happening for millions of years (but the planet is only 4000 years old, right AGW alarmists? ;) ), sorry about all that money you wasted on falsified climate reports that even alarmists don't believe anymore.

  • by interkin3tic (1469267) on Thursday September 09, 2010 @06:22AM (#33518722)

    For the rest, this estimate will prove just about anything between the third coming of the messiah and the imminent destruction of the Earth by magnetic core spin reversal.

    Hey now! Some of us just believe one or the other, that this is a sign of Jesus' return, or that the Earth's magnetic core is going to stop. It's only a lunatic fringe of our organizations that believe ice loss means Jesus is coming to stop the Earth's magnetic core!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 09, 2010 @07:15AM (#33518982)
    Nah, it will not happen overnight. We'll have a series of cases of revisionism instead.

    Until, at last, when the ice age comes, someone at CRU will pick that last remaining "Time" issue with the global winter predictions, which are soooo out of fashion today, and wave it as proof.

    That they were right all along.

    Scientists, burn the whole bunch.
  • by e70838 (976799) on Thursday September 09, 2010 @07:22AM (#33519032)
    Their estimation is still better than a Microsoft progression bar.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 09, 2010 @07:41AM (#33519128)

    North Antarctica?

  • by kainosnous (1753770) <kainosnous@lavabit.com> on Thursday September 09, 2010 @07:56AM (#33519210) Homepage

    ...and much like the MS progress bar, the whole system will crash long before the bar reaches completion.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 09, 2010 @08:43AM (#33519548)

    Scientists, burn the whole bunch.

    That'll contribute to greenhouse gasses and help prove them correct. And then you'll feel bad for your vigilantastic actions.

  • Science! (Score:4, Funny)

    by DarthVain (724186) on Thursday September 09, 2010 @10:17AM (#33521220)

    "....and what also melts?"

    "Cheese?"
    "small stones!"
    "toasters!"
    "witches"

    "That's right! Witches. Now who doesn't like Witches?"

    "Water?"
    "DUCKS!"
    "Jesus?"

    "Correct! Jesus hates witches... and what happens when messiah returns?"

    "Frogs?"
    "Mice?"
    "The Destruction of Earth!"

    "Very good, the destruction of earth! Now what does the earth do now?"

    "Rotates around the sun?"
    "Hosts Life?"
    "Spins?"

    "Yes it spins! Therefore when it is destroyed, it will stop spinning. What is created by spinning?"

    "Centrifugal force?"
    "large rats?"
    "Magnetism!"

    "Correct, it creates magnetism, which must cause the destruction of earth due to its stopping by Jesus because he hates witches. Quid Pro Quo."

    "Applause!"

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