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Report: Too late to stop melting Antarctic ice

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

While climate change deniers have been arguing that there is not yet enough evidence to prove that something needs to be done to halt the warming of our planet, the West Antarctica ice shelf has already begun to collapse.

From the New York Times:

“The finding, which had been feared by some scientists for decades, means that a rise in global sea level of at least 10 feet may now be inevitable… “This is really happening,” said Thomas P. Wagner, who runs NASA’s programs on polar ice and helped oversee some of the research. “There’s nothing to stop it now. But you are still limited by the physics of how fast the ice can flow.”

At this point, there is nothing people can do to stop what has begun. By continuing to add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, humans are only accelerating the melting which will result in catastrophic events on a planetary scale.

How catastrophic? According to the report, rapidly rising sea levels will be dramatic enough to eventually cause coastal cities throughout the world to be abandoned as they become submerged.

While all this may sound like something out of a fictional disaster movie, it is not. And there is no handsome hero who can single-handedly save the world from its own stupidity.

Climate change is a global problem that will require the joint efforts of multiple nations to slow or reverse. But the small groups of people who hold the power to implement this change have been the leading voices of denial.

“The largest, most-consistent money fueling the climate denial movement are a number of well-funded conservative foundations built with so-called "dark money," or concealed donations,” Scientific America reports.

Another report from Greenpeace found that billionaire oil moguls Charles and David Koch have funneled some $67 million to organizations that promote propaganda that feeds climate change denial.

Private funding for advertising, political campaigns, and blocking legislation to address climate change has been going on for years, and has been led by American oil company lobbyists. However, their efforts to protect their profits at the expense of the survival of millions of people and wildlife has now reached a breaking point.

The National Climate Assessment report released on May 6, confirms that climate change is not only real, “it is affecting every region of the United States and key sectors of the U.S. economy.”

Still, there are people like Florida Republican, Sen. Marco Rubio, putting millions of lives at risk by ignoring the facts.

The better safe than sorry philosophy has been smothered by politicians filling their re-election coffers with money from the oil, gas, and coal industries, as if the lives of the people and wildlife that will suffer most from their self-indulgence are completely irrelevant.

Author’s note: The opinions and commentary included in this report are based on the author’s original reporting and independent analysis of official documents and public information.

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