Climate Change: Under construction2005 was the warmest year on record according to NASA
. Scientists are nearing consensus that humans are the leading cause of this recent warming. Shrinking glaciers likely represent the environmental change most often witnessed first hand by mountaineers. However, climate change encompasses more than just rising temperatures, and our planet may be responding in other ways as well (such as changes in precipitation levels, for example).
I encourage you to attach a few photos of areas where you have witnessed changes over the years, or where you suspect changes might be occuring.
Thanks for contributing!
I'm going to try to turn this page into a discussion on warming mainly with a focus on climbing.
Here is realclimates page on glaciers melting.
realcimate's glacial melt page
Summitpost user saintgrizzly
recently added a great section to his Glacier National Park
page on the shrinking glaciers within the national park. His article includes an excellent link to a "Before and Now"
photography collection by the USGS.
Earth Institute at Columbia University
National Academy of Science
NAS 1979 Charney Report
Draft American Meteorological Society Statement on Climate Change
Statement from American Geophysical Union
4th IPCC report: Summary for Policy Makers
WWF Report on Himalayan Glaciers
World View of Global Warming Glaciers Page
Christian Science Monitor on Receeding Glaciers in the Himalayas, January 2007
MIT Professor of Clinmatology, Carl Wunsch on the Channel 4 travesty "Swindled"
Interview with MIT Climatology Professor Kerry Emanuele on Climate Change and Hurricane Intensity
Please send a message to me if you know of other links that might be important to include in this page. Thanks!