Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Nothing Good Will Happen Any More

with 6 comments

The collapse of large parts of the ice sheet in West Antarctica appears to have begun and is almost certainly unstoppable, with global warming accelerating the pace of the disintegration, two groups of scientists reported Monday.

The finding, which had been feared by some scientists for decades, means that a rise in global sea level of at least 10 feet may now be inevitable. The rise may continue to be relatively slow for at least the next century or so, the scientists said, but sometime after that it will probably speed up so sharply as to become a crisis.

“This is really happening,” said Thomas P. Wagner, who runs NASA’s programs on polar ice and helped oversee some of the research. “There’s nothing to stop it now. But you are still limited by the physics of how fast the ice can flow.”

My daughter just turned two. My son will be born next month. We are leaving them a broken world. And the final obscenity is the people responsible for this disaster will make the innocent pay for their crimes, while they slink off safely into death, fat, old, and happy. There’s no hell for the people who destroyed the planet, just the hell they’re leaving for our kids.

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  1. Isn’t this when utopia starts, according to KSR’s Green Mars? ’cause I’m ready.

    Stephen Frug

    May 12, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    • We made the crucial mistake of not establishing a science-utopia on Mars first.

      gerrycanavan

      May 12, 2014 at 10:57 pm

  2. PS: It was really mean of you to slip that in about your soon-to-be-born son in the most depressing post ever. What am I supposed to do, shout congratulations?

    PPS: Congratluations.

    Stephen Frug

    May 12, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    • Oh, sorry! I forget that not everyone is necessary hip to every little thing I say on the Internet. Yeah, we have a month to go! We’re happy about everything but the persistence of capitalism and the ongoing ecological crises…

      gerrycanavan

      May 12, 2014 at 11:03 pm

      • This is supposed to be a HAPPY occasion. Let’s not bicker and argue about who killed who…

        Stephen Frug

        May 12, 2014 at 11:05 pm


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