Ice is the Canary in the Worlds Ecological Coal Mine.

I came across this today (hat-tip to Drew) and felt that it was worth sharing.

I apologise in advance for the last 2 minutes of corporate advertising – but of course these things do need corporate sponsorship – so, please click play and be amazed as photographer James Balog shares new image sequences from a network of time-lapse cameras recording glaciers receding at an alarming rate, some of the most vivid evidence yet of climate change. From “Ideas worth spreading –TED”.


Unfortunately the video doesn’t reflect the size and majesty of these glaciers.

What can we do to avert a CO2 doomsday scenario (that this video obviously confirms in no uncertain terms)?

That’s a little harder.

We need to shutdown coal fired power plants. (I don’t care what the adverts say – there is no such thing as clean coal.)
We need to buy bicycles and start growing our own fresh produce at home and we probably need to stop flying around so much.

For those amongst us not quite prepared to do away with our hard earned luxuries, there are smaller steps that we can commence with.

Like playing Lil Farm Life the application who’s sponsors pay for the preservation of a square foot of rainforest every-time someone sends someone else a gift that is accepted.

Send 10 gifts per day to save 10 square feet of Rainforest, which over a year equals 1100 square metres.

If everyone saved 1100 square metres of rainforest every year, with 600 trees to the 1000 metres and 6 kg CO2 per tree in about thirty years, we would start making a difference.

In the words of Joseph Stiglitz, “This is an initiative around which all countries can and should rally. In a world divided – between rich countries and the poor, between those focusing on environmental protection and those concentrating on growth – this initiative can unite us all. The G-8 leaders should heed the call.”

Lil Farm Life  A timesink? Possibly. Beneficial to the planet? Definitely.


References
Stable Carbon Cycle-Climate Relationship During the Late Pleistocene, Science 25 November 2005: Vol. 310. no. 5752, pp. 1313 – 1317 – Siegenthaler et al, (2005),
http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/310/5752/1313

Biogeochemical cycling of carbon, water, energy, trace gases, and aerosols in Amazonia: The LBA-EUSTACH experiments (PDF) Malhi et al, (2002),
http://www.imc.cnr.it/paginawebcic/Ciccioli_31.pdf

A globally coherent fingerprint of climate change impacts across natural systems, Nature 421: pp37-42 – Parmesan, C, and G Yohe, (2003),
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v421/n6918/abs/nature01286.html

Fourth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2007
IPCC, (2007), (PDF)
http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar4/syr/ar4_syr.pdf

Cleaning Up Economic Growth – Stiglitz, Joseph (2005),
http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/stiglitz59

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