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No climate meltdown? NASA says Earth losing half trillion tons ice a year

Reader’s Note: As the 2012 U. S. presidential campaign races toward the November election, one sore spot among the so-called Progressives is the continued climate-change denying by most Republicans. Are, indeed, their heads in the sand? Or is, as one noted Republican environmentalist connected to UT-Austin noted recently, have they simply said the problem is too large and too impossibly large and costly to fix it’s useless to make an issue out of it? As Rome burns, so to say, the DMT will keep stories on it rolling. Can’t do anything about it? Is that how we once defined citizenship?

Huh?!! Global Ice Loss from 2003-2010 Could “Cover the Entire United States in One and Half Feet of Water,” scientists say



Changes in ice thickness (in centimeters per year) during 2003-2010 as measured by NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites, averaged over each of the world’s ice caps and glacier systems outside of Greenland and Antarctica. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Colorado


This piece originally was reposted from the NASA website

In the first comprehensive satellite study of its kind, a University of Colorado at Boulder-led team used NASA data to calculate how much Earth’s melting land ice is adding to global sea level rise.

Using satellite measurements from the NASA/German Aerospace Center Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE), the researchers measured ice loss in all of Earth’s land ice between 2003 and 2010 Continue reading

As the climate changes, a deadly disease is on the rise.

EMISSION FROM COAL-FIRED POWER PLANTS include sulfur dioxide, mercury, nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide. This shows a scene in Delhi, India.    (Photo credit – Dave Morris)



Desert Mountain Times is examining environmental problems linked to aging coal-fired power plants around the world. In the U. S. alone, a 1994 report said shorten nearly 24,000 lives a year, including 2,800 from lung cancer, and nearly all those early deaths could be prevented if the U.S. government adopted stricter rules, according to a 2004 report. The story below looks at a situation in Punjab, India, on the border with Pakistan, where another disease  is causing growing concern. It’s being reprinted from



Coal Smoke and Planetary Fever


By Daphne Wysham



Daphne Wysham

I recently returned to my childhood home in India with my siblings for a final walk down memory lane with my elderly mother. As expected, it was a powerfully emotional experience. But in ways unexpected, it brought home to me how our planetary fever — climate change — is inflicting a deadly fever on those least to blame for it. Continue reading