Calling Sarah Palin: Alaskan Glaciers Melting Fast

Sarah Palin does not deny that the climate may be changing. She is just doubtful that humans are the cause and that there should be an international effort to confront climate change.

Still, I wonder what she thinks about this newest report from the United Nations Environmental Program which demonstrates that glaciers in her homestate are retreating at an alarming rate.

Glaciers in Patagonia, which cover parts of Argentina and Chile, followed by ones in Alaska and its coastal mountain ranges have overall been losing mass faster and for longer than glaciers in other parts of the world.

These are among the findings of a new report compiled by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in partnership with scientists and research centres from around the world, including the Norwegian Polar Institute and Norut Alta.

The third fastest rate of loss is among glaciers in the northwest United States and southwest Canada followed by ones in the high mountains of Asia, including the Hindu Kush of the Himalayas, the Arctic and the Andes.

I suppose Alaska can take solace in the fact that its glaciers are only the third fastest.  But this is just another data point among a million others that demonstrate the effects of climate change.

Credit: Riccardo Pravettoni