Just recently NASA has published some of it’s latest satellite images, these are fully documented and illustrate the earth’s rapidly changing climate. The mission which produced these images was called GRACE and it stands for Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment -it’s main function was to try and quantify the volume of ice that has been lost from the glaciers and ice caps. The experiment covered the periods 2003 to 2011 and was of course trying to assess the damge of our warming planet.
It’s the first dedicated and comprehensive study using satellites that is purely focussed on this effect of climate change. It’s findings were also hoped to perhaps stop the growing numbers of people who are suffering from climate change denial. The people who deny the growing body of evidence of course usually have some other agenda or vested interest.
The study found that over the 7 year period, around 4.3 trillion tons of land ice mass was lost, resulting in a 0.5 inch rise in global sea level. About one-fourth of-the total yearly ice lost to the ocean. Tom Wagner, NASA scientist, states that the job “… confirms that ice is being dropped from round the earth, with just a few places in precarious balance.”
It is hard to believe that with evidence and such scientific research there are still several who want to deny climate change. Recently two groups, Donors Trust and Donors Capital Fund were introduced into the limelight for giving millions of dollars to anti – environmental and climate change denial groups.
Organizations like the Heartland Institute, a conservative think-tank and 1 of the recipients of-the Donors Trusts’ funds, give to the spread of climate change science denial propaganda by targeting kids. It’s important that we pay some heed to education and combating this sort of of disinformation, there are many websites and sources of reputable information online. Point people to such sources as NASA and the BBC – most part of the sites are freely available although depending on yoru location spending some cash on a US or UK IP address may be worthwhile to bypass blocks.
Though it sounds shocking, this was not the very first time that Heartland attempted to incorporate anti – climate change materials into schools. In 2008, over 11,000 Canadian schools received teaching materials that denied human involvement in climate change from the Heartland Institute. Last Year, they sent copies of The Skeptic’s Handbook to 14,000 US school board officials.