The sky isn't falling but the poles are melting!
Unfortunately, politics is really the least of our worries. It is really becoming too late to argue about whether this or that...but to sit back and behold the awesome spectacle of the destruction of the earth. It really is too late to do anything about it. So, sit back kiddies and watch it all disintegrate before your very eyes. All the political arguments are merely a distraction to keep people from freaking out and massively striking out against the privileged few who have, perhaps, known all along how it was going to go down...or not. The ones who have been dragging the rest of us into a world-wide, mass suicide have selfishly maximized their pleasures at the expense of everyone else. Holed up in their pleasure bunkers and guarded by their personal armies, they will be the last to go.
Perhaps they will devolve into future Morlocks burrowing, mole-like, in subterranean realms. Or maybe giant termites, commonly known as "greys" with big black eyes that have been, allegedly, spotted from time to time time-traveling back from our future to repent for having destroyed the world.
If we were being invaded by an invincible force of Klingons, we might be able to reason with them and prostrate our unworthy selves before them in order to survive. There is no way, really, to fight the melting Arctic Ice. Climate change has already displayed it's ruthless forces...just a sample mind you...and an omen of worse things to come....very soon. "Greenland's glaciers are melting far faster than scientists expected." Abrupt changes noticed in just the last few weeks.
They will have to build a gigantic dike around major cities that are located on the coasts...New York, Miami, and Mumbai, for example. Either that or they will have to evacuate. Crops will continue to wither and die. People will starve.
Perhaps some people, who have been hording all the money and building personal survival shelters stocked with generations of rations already know what is about to happen. Let the struggle for survival begin! Some already have a head start! The rest of us will struggle to survive as we experience the exponential rise in food prices at the supermarkets.
Albedo or not to Albedo..that is the question. Albedo is the ability of something to reflect light. Light, ie: energy, is absorbed by darker surfaces and reflected by lighter surfaces...and can be measured from satellites in space. Turns out that the albedo of the poles is rapidly changing for the worse causing an unprecedented absorption of energy. That means, of course, that the ice shelves, bigger than the island of Manhattan, are melting, cracking off and floating away, melting even faster. This changes the salinity of the ocean waters and the temperatures of continental currents which drastically affects long term, very long term, weather patterns. "... this summer: Without warning, the line on the albedo chart dropped deep into uncharted territory."
"Simply by changing the albedo of the Greenland ice sheet....the island now absorbs more extra energy each summer than the U.S. consumes in a year." "The shape and color of the ice sheet's crystals, in other words, are trapping more of the sun's rays than all the cars and factories and furnaces produce in the world's biggest economy." But, it is all of those cars and factories and furnaces....and wildfires in Colorado and Siberia...creating the soot that blankets the ice at the poles which drastically changes the albedo to darker, energy absorbing, shades of grey. As draughts continue to ignite fires and cars and factories, and farting cows continue to belch out albedo destroying waste, it creates a "feedback loop" that is running away..no longer controlled by normal earthly cycles.
"Working in Greenland these past years has left me (Photographer James Balog) with a profound feeling of being in the middle of a decisive historic moment – the kind of moment, at least in geologic terms, that marks the grand tidal changes of history." Amid this summer's drama of drought, fire and record heat, the planet's destiny may have been revealed, in a single season, by the quiet metamorphosis of a silent, empty sheet of ice."
quotes from Rolling Stone article The Arctic Ice Crises by Bill McKibben--Aug 16, 2012