Friday, December 18, 2009

Copenhagen reaches weak deal; Sea levels were 25 higher 125000 years ago

An AP story, reproduced on MSNBC, reports that global sea levels were about 25 feet higher than they are today about 125000 years ago, during the Eemian Stage. The last warm spell started about 10000 years ago, but man’s activity is definitely accelerating the melt-off of polar ice caps and mountain glaciers. The MSNBC link is here.
All of this is reported in the Dec. 16 issue of Nature, which has a Climate Feedback blog here.

The president returns home from Copenhagen, his landing complicated suddenly and ironically by an East Coast Noreaster, after signing a non-binding “mutual inspection” deal between the US, China, Brazil, India and South Africa.

Here is MSNBC’s video of the president’s speech in Copenhagen.

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Here is a PDF of the accord, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (link).

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