In an alarming sign that global warming is an immediate and present reality, an ancient ice cave located at Lake Inari has melted this year for the first time in living memory. The cave, located on Finland’s island of Korkia-Maura has been a traditional Saami site for the summer storage of food such as fish and game for generations.
The Helsingin Sanomat newspaper has reported, however, that the ice cave has now melted into a pool of water. Finnish geologist Aimo Kejonen from the Geological Survey of Finland has been studying the ice cave for 20 years, and puts the blame for the surprise melt-off squarely on global warming.
“As a consequence of global warming, the cold reserves formed over the winter are smaller than before. The freezing mark on the wall appears to have come lower over the past few years,” Kejonen remarked.
The ice cave first formed during the Little Ice Age around 1,000 years ago. The cave is about three metres high and 15 metres long, and usually contains an ice layer up to two metres thick on its walls. The indigenous Saami people have long used the cave to keep their meat fresh as the ice remained intact in the summer.
Kejonen told Helsingin Sanomat that although the water in the cave’s pool will probably freeze again over the winter, it will also most likely melt again next spring. “It may be that the ice in the cave will thaw every year from now on,” he speculated.
The problem I still have with the entire subject of climate change is whether we really have a deep enough view into the past to know if what we’re observing now is a true (man-made) effect or just part of a natural cycle that will ebb and flow in due course…
I now believe in the man-made phenomena of global warming, though the earth has had many centuries of global climatic change before humans existed in any great number.
I also have more faith than evidence that the earth is living, and as such, continues to grow its own ways of maintaining its balance. I also haven’t forgotten that humans are another *natural* extension of the life of earth and of nature. When we are said to do wrong, earth participates and inspires that wrong-doing. Both earth and man experiment and try different things to bring relief or improvement to life at large.
Don’t feel so guilty, people.
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Terrible problem=Australia has a huge problem with cows that ‘pass gas’. Yes, this is a huge problem as for as global warming!The world is ending quicker, global warming, because those people that eat beef are very bad people!
oops, meant to say proof rather than prove
read my comments again…. you may find a hint of sarcasm…
though i disagree with you about extinction being the rule… rules imply imperical prove and unless you have a looking glass you cannot say that all live will die. (please do not talk about the end of the universe which would be even more ridiculous and meaningless)
Alarming? Look; ALL creatures, eventually, become extinct. This includes humanoids. ‘extinction is the rule’. The ‘green’ idiots and doomsayers are only delaying the inevitable; everything dies!
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yes, until the next ice age or mini ice age….
note: According to data from Mount Wilson Observatory, UCLA, more than an entire month has passed without a (sun) spot. The last time such an event occurred was June of 1913. Sunspot data has been collected since 1749.
The event is significant as many climatologists now believe solar magnetic activity – which determines the number of sunspots — is an influencing factor for climate on earth.
can man made activity affect sun spots ?
also note: THIS IS VERY ALARMING …
The ice caps on Mars are ALSO RETREATING ! surely this must be from our activity on MARS also ! (the mars landers !…. we must stop exploring MARS before it is too late !