Lack of Environment

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Confusion is understandable but ideological blindness is unforgivable

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Greenland was never called Iceland – even though it is largely surrounded by the ice cap and covered in glaciers.  Iceland, which often has brilliantly green places, is also in the Arctic Circle.  But Iceland is not connected to the rest of the Arctic sea ice.

The Arctic can be confusing. But it’s needs protection.  If you have not already done so, please sign up to save the Arctic, before big oil risks it all for profit, by visiting: www.savethearctic.org.

For the avoidance of any doubt:
According to the 12th Century oral history “Landnámabók”, Iceland got its modern name from the Norwegian Viking Flóki Vilgerðarson when he saw a distant fjord full of sea-ice from a tall mountain.

In the “Icelandic Sagas”, Erik the Red, a Norwegian-born Icelander was exiled for murder. He sailed away to Greenland and supposedly gave it a pleasant name to attract more settlers.

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Confusion may be understandable but ideological blindness is unforgivable. Increasingly obvious climate disruption will not stop until we make serious attempts to stop causing it. Effectively irreversible, it will soon be unstoppable. End of story (in more ways than one).

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Written by Martin Lack

2 September 2013 at 12:30

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  1. Mr.Lack, please be more specific. What exactly do you mean by “end of story”? The end of the Earth, the universe or of human civilisation? You must be aware that when Erich sailed west the Arctic regions were enjoying a relatively warm period thus enabling hardy, only very hardy, settlers to found their first colonies. When the climate closed down again the settlements were abandoned, one by one. At first in Greenland; and later in Iceland.

    duncan

    2 September 2013 at 13:24

    • Duncan, I am sure I have said this all before [e.g. in Hansen – where the IPCC went wrong (2 November 2011)]… but…

      What is now happening is entirely different to what may or may not have happened 1000 to 1500 years ago. The Earth is now heading for a climatic state it has not seen since Antarctica became glaciated over 35 million years ago. Therefore, unless humans care enough to prevent it, such an unnatural change – happening many times faster than any previous natural change – will probably wipe out a large proportion of all life on Earth; a change that humans may only survive by living underground or in Space.

      For most, therefore, it will be end of story: At very least, the Earth will not be capable of supporting more than a pre-Industrial population (1 billion people). This is the destination to which ideological blindness is currently driving us.

      Martin Lack

      2 September 2013 at 13:56

  2. That link doesn’t appear to work on an Android tablet. Will sign later when in front of my PC.

    Paul Handover

    2 September 2013 at 14:31

    • The link is working for me, Paul but, just in case, I have removed the Facebook suffix from the URL. However, since this is not the first time I have posted a link to it, you may well have already signed-up to Greenpeace’s ‘Save the Arctic’ campaign…?

      Martin Lack

      2 September 2013 at 14:57


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