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AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH is Gore's argument that we can no longer afford to view global warming as a political issue - rather, it is the biggest moral challenges facing our global civilization.


You can watch the video trailer and see what I am talking about.



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Guest TheRealTruth2006

DAY/DATE: This SATURDAY, June 10th @ 4:30PM



Landmark E St. Cinema, 555 11th St, NW (E & 11th, entrance on E)



Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" @4:30pm


HAPPY HOUR LOCATION/TIME: Indebleu, 707 G St, NW @ 7:00PM




Prairie Home Companion @ 4:30PM

Clean @ 4:35PM

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Guest blingbling

I think Al Gore should consider running President. I think he is capable of leading our country to new economic opportunities and save our planet as well. Any thoughts ?

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Guest Palle Rubæk

The Greenland Ice Sheet has experienced record melting in recent years and is likely to contribute substantially to sea level rise as well as to possible changes in ocean circulation in the future. The area of the sheet that experiences some melting has increased about 16% from 1979 (when measurements started) to 2002 (most recent data). The area of melting in 2002 broke all previous records [ACIA, 2004]. If the entire 2,85 million km3 of ice were to melt, global sea levels would rise 7,2 m [iPCC, 2001]. Recently, fears have grown that continued global warming will make the Greenland Ice Sheet cross a threshold where long-term melting of the ice sheet is inevitable. Climate models project that local warming in Greenland will exceed 3 degrees Celsius during this century. Ice sheet models project that such a warming would initiate the long-term melting of the ice sheet, leading to a complete melting of the ice sheet (over centuries), resulting in a global sea level rise of about seven meters [ACIA, 2004]. Such a rise would inundate almost every major coastal city in the world. How fast the melt would eventually occur is a matter of discussion. In [iPCC, 2001]], the expected 3 degrees warming at the end of the century would, if kept from rising further, result in about 1 meter sea level rise over the next millennium.


Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)

Øster Voldgade 10, DK-1350 Copenhagen K, Denmark

Phone: +45 38 14 20 00, fax: +45 38 14 20 50, e-mail: geus@geus.dk

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In the most comprehensive survey ever undertaken of the massive ice sheets covering both Greenland and Antarctica, NASA scientists confirm climate warming is changing how much water remains locked in Earth's largest storehouse of ice and snow.


Other recent studies have shown increasing losses of ice in parts of these sheets. This new survey is the first to inventory the losses of ice and the addition of new snow on both in a consistent and comprehensive way throughout an entire decade.


The survey shows that there was a net loss of ice from the combined polar ice sheets between 1992 and 2002 and a corresponding rise in sea level. The survey documents for the first time extensive thinning of the West Antarctic ice shelves and an increase in snowfall in the interior of Greenland, as well as thinning at the edges. All are signs of a warming climate predicted by computer models.


The survey, published in the Journal of Glaciology, combines new satellite mapping of the height of the ice sheets from two European Space Agency satellites. It also used previous NASA airborne mapping of the edges of the Greenland ice sheets to determine how fast the thickness is changing.


In Greenland, the survey saw large ice losses along the southeastern coast and a large increase in ice thickness at higher elevations in the interior due to relatively high rates of snowfall. This study suggests there was a slight gain in the total mass of frozen water in the ice sheet over the decade studied, contrary to previous assessments.


This situation may have changed in just the past few years, according to lead author Jay Zwally of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. Last month NASA scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., reported a speed up of ice flow into the sea from several Greenland glaciers. That study included observations through 2005; Zwally's survey concluded with 2002 data.


When the scientists added up the overall gains and losses of ice from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, there was a net loss of ice to the sea. The amount of water added to the oceans (20 billion tons) is equivalent to the total amount of freshwater used in homes, businesses and farming in New York, New Jersey and Virginia each year.


"The study indicates that the contribution of the ice sheets to recent sea-level rise during the decade studied was much smaller than expected, just two percent of the recent increase of nearly three millimeters a year," says Zwally. "Continuing research using NASA satellites and other data will narrow the uncertainties in this important issue."


NASA is continuing to monitor the polar ice sheets with the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat), launched in January 2003. ICESat uses a laser beam to measure the elevation of ice sheets with unprecedented accuracy three times a year. The first comprehensive ice sheet survey conducted by ICESat is expected early next year, said Zwally, who is the mission's project scientist.



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Guest Bookgirl

Thursday, June 15 @ Noon - Al Gore


Join us for a lunchtime signing.


Former Vice President Al Gore will be signing copies of his new book, 'An Inconvient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It.' This book is a tie in to the documentary film of the same name, 'An Inconvient Truth,' is Gore's battle cry about what needs to be done about global warming.


(please note, at the publisher' request, Mr. Gore is only signing copies of this new book)

At Olsson's The Lansburgh/Penn Quarter, 418 7th St., NW, (202)638-7610

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Max Mayfield, Director of NOAA's Tropical Prediction Center, National Hurricane Center, discussed hurricane season and preparedness on the relationship between hurricanes and global warming.


There is an ongoing scientific debate about the relationship between man-made global warming and hurricane frequency and intensity. Hurricane theory does predict that global warming will cause hurricanes to become stronger, but only by about 2% more intense per degree Fahrenheit warming. There have been some studies published that suggest a large increase in hurricane winds over the last few decades, which is not consistent with the theory. However, Atlantic hurricanes also have been observed to have decades that are very busy (such as the late 1920s to the late 1960s as well as since 1995) and other periods that are quiet (such as the period of the early 1900s to the mid 1920s as well as the 1970s to the mid-1990s). Knowing how much of the increase we have seen in the Atlantic hurricane activity in recent years is due to natural cycles and how much is due to global warming is a very important issue and one that many researchers both in NOAA and elsewhere are trying to better understand.

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