A study from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Colorado, USA considers for the first time the effect of melt water as it flows into ice sheets in places like Greenland and the Arctic. The scientists found that as the water spreads along ice crevasses, factures or large drains, it speeds the melting of vast areas such as the Greenland Ice Sheet and could result in disintegration over decades rather than centuries, as previously forecast.
Research scientist and lead author Thomas Phillips said, “We are finding that once such water flow is initiated through a new section of ice sheet, it can warm rather significantly and quickly, sometimes in just 10 years.” CIRES Director Konrad Steffen also noted that this melt water data has been overlooked in prior models of Greenland warming, and thus could offer key information in understanding a more rapid ice decline.
Researchers at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, we appreciate the new concepts coming from your work, despite their urgent implications. Let us act now in planet-cooling efforts that restore the vital balance of the Arctic regions and our Earth.
Supreme Master Ching Hai has often reminded that such worrying phenomena could be halted by addressing the primary source of global warming, as in this November 2009 videoconference in Washington, DC, USA.