This Is What Climate Change Looks Like

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You're looking at the Upsala Glacier on the Argentine side of the North Patagonian Icefield—or at least, some of it. Because this photo shows that the glacier is rapidly retreating as a result of climate change.

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Photographed by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station, you can see the glacier on the right which is (slowly) moving to the left. Or at least it used to be: remotely sensed data, including images like these, reveal that the lump of ice has actually retreated by 2 miles between January 2001 and October 2013. NASA explains that it believes that's a result of climate change, a claim backed up by the fact that it's observed this as a trend across 63 glaciers in Patagonia. And that's sad. [NASA]

Image by NASA

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SGTalon
SGTalon

MY favorite story about Climate Change is the the one that talks about all of the plant and animal species never seen before that are being uncovered as a glacier is retreating.

Meaning the area that is covered in ice once had plants and animals living on it.

Of course the biggest example of this is Greenland. You know, the Glecierized Island in the North Atlantic that was discovered by Vikings and named GREENland because it was covered in green vegetation... except now is it all ice.

Just because the world is changing doesn't mean it is bad. There is a weird habit among humans to resist change. You are not going to stop mother nature from doing what it has done since long before humans were the dominant species on earth.