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BI-POLAR THREAT: Greenland melt to add much more to sea level rise
May 20th, 2014 by Warren Swil

NASA report on glaciers

adds fuel to partisan divide

California Gov. Jerry Brown skewered Republicans in Congress on climate change.

NASA researchers made a big splash recently with news that ocean levels could rise much more than anticipated due to a collapsing ice shelf in the Antarctic.
New findings from NASA this week on the opposite side of the planet add to the alarm. The same researchers report that Greenland’s ocean-feeding glaciers could increase even further the amount that sea levels will go up.
Meanwhile, Politifact finds that only eight Republican members of both houses of Congress (three percent) publicly accept the scientific consensus that humans are to blame.
The disconnect is frightening. It is obvious that in the US, climate science has become a partisan political issue.


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Climate change debate enters twilight zone (with video)

DESPITE MOUNTING EVIDENCE, CONSPIRACY THEORIES FLOURISH
With evidence mounting that climate change caused by human activity has arrived and will grow worse, the tenor of debate in America is undergoing a disturbing transformation.
Instead of attacking the science – an increasingly futile pursuit but one which has worked wonders in the past – naysayers are now couching it in conspiracy theories bordering on lunacy.
It’s all a communist plot, they say.
It’s an alarming shift.
Appeals to emotion can be most effective when the science is conclusive. Anyone who cares about the future of the planet should be really worried by this shift in strategy.


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‘CONTACT?’ Science fiction takes giant leap towards scientific fact

MAJOR ADVANCES REPORTED IN SEARCH FOR EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL LIFE
Science fiction took a giant step towards becoming scientific fact at a four-day conference of NASA’s Ames Research Laboratory in Northern California, which ended Thursday.
Scientists announced that hundreds of new earth-like planets have been observed.
In the annals of human history, finding another earth-like planet capable of supporting life will rank right at or above Neil Armstrong’s stroll on the moon in 1969.
The findings – extrapolated into the future – could have profound effects on the human condition as it becomes increasingly likely that we are not the only life forms in the galaxy.


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WARNING: Storm on sun may disrupt global life (with video)

SOLAR MAX COULD WREAK GLOBAL HAVOC
NASA has warned ofpossible major disruptions to everything we depend on for modern life as storm activity on the sun reaches an 11-year high.
Massive computer system outages – similar to those reported in April – could occur. Imagine life without the internet! A blessing or curse?
Find out here.


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HISTORIC TRANSMISSION FROM SPACE

A Canadian astronaut records and broadcasts the hit David Bowie song “Space Oddity” just before leaving the International Space Station on Monday. BBC News has the story. Watch it on “In the (K)now” It is the first music video ever recorded and broadcast from space.


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