Earth Day – A Time to Reflect on Greenland’s Destruction

April 22nd, 2014 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.

The recent discovery of 80-year old photos of Greenland before we melted most of the ice there provides a stark reminder of how much humans have destroyed our home, Planet Earth.

One of the old photos shows the pristine, ice-covered landscape, no doubt home to all kinds of cold-weather species of organisms:

The view of the same landscape today (from a slightly different angle), sadly, shows how warming has decimated the region, with all kinds of invasive species taking hold in the fragile soil:

So, on this Earth Day, I hope we can all pause to reflect on what a warmer Earth means for our future.

And our children’s future.

And our grandchildren’s future.

And our great grandchildren’s future.

I think you see where I’m going.

I hope you all have a miserable, guilt-ridden Earth Day.

So that MY life might have meaning.


45 Responses to “Earth Day – A Time to Reflect on Greenland’s Destruction”

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  1. Mike Bromley says:

    I’m doubled over in agony, angst & opportunity to be a sustainovator has passed for another year.

  2. The Earth and I thank you for your sacrifice.

  3. Jim E says:

    Global Warming ruined their ice fishing industry! Now all those people flocking to Greenland for ice fishing are going to have to go to Minnesota instead!

  4. Kristian says:


    Are you sure that second picture is from Greenland and not from Norway, my home country?

  5. Bryan says:

    You forgot to mention that greedy corporations might now be better able to plunder the resources of the once pristine island and help dirty industries make filthy money for selfish, non-socially-conscious shareholders who have huge carbon footprints.

  6. Ed Caryl says:

    I think you sprained your tongue on that one, Roy

  7. Thanks (I guess), Dr. Spencer.
    That scene of an alien ecosystem invasion is terrifying.
    Look at them trees creeping up the sides of the pristine mountains!

  8. John Ransom says:

    The last time time we had this type of tragic warming, modern humans evolved. I’m surprised some sort of super-human evolutionary disaster isn’t pictured in the beautiful, terrible, tragic woods.

  9. rossbrisbane says:

    Yep! We better start moving to the poles to survive.

  10. The Earth and I thank you for your sacrifice.

    Fundamentalists dont understand jokes, see the exploding climate sceptics

  11. John Of Cloverdale WA, Australia says:

    I think a photo comparison between summer and winter is posted above. I know which season I would like. Give me warmth please, winter sucks! (From an Aussie, who loves hot weather).

  12. CC says:

    The second picture is the way I want to live. Trees, blue water and fishing from the shore. I love climate change like this and I am willing to bet that Greenlanders feel that way also. Has any organization surveyed them about how they view their environment now as opposed to the times in the first picture? (-WW II)

  13. KuhnKat says:

    Love the “wind generator” on the side of the plane for power!!

  14. 4TimesAYear says:

    Just look at all the damage CO2 is doing, lol 😉

  15. D ou g says:

    Earth Day is a day to protest against the hoax that carbon dioxide warms, when in fact it cools, but by less than 0.1 degree. Leave your lights all full ON in protest.

    • David says:

      Doug Cotton: Are you ever going to submit your absurd claims anywhere other than your own vanity press?

      If not, why not?

  16. D ou g says:

    We melted most of the ice, did we Roy?

    Funny how it was just as warm in the Arctic back in the 1930’s …

  17. D ou g says:

    Try digesting this article about the Arctic, Roy. It might make you feel less guilty about us melting the ice which back radiation can’t do. Have we all been up there with hair dryers?

    There’s more here of course …

  18. D ou g says:

    Place two ice cubes under two cold taps (eg in your bathroom vanity basin and in the bath) and run water at different rates. That ice with the faster running water melts faster, OK?

    So too does sea ice melt faster when ocean currents underneath it flow faster, and also when wind above it blows faster. Ice is expanding in Antarctica where there’s not much flowing water underneath.

    In general, ice reflects most solar radiation, and absolutely none of the back radiation from carbon dioxide (at lower temperatures) gets past the very first layer of molecules.

    Yes, you would in fact melt more of the Greenland ice with a single hair dryer than would all the carbon dioxide in the air above.

    You are re-joining the ranks of the alarmists, Roy, when I have been explaining to you (here and in my book) that tropospheric temperatures would never have been isothermal in the absence of upward advection and radiating molecules. Such a state is not in accord with the Second Law. Your Item 6 in your “Misunderstood .. ” article is wrong, Roy.

    • David says:

      Isn’t it funny, Doug Cotton, how the only ones who will publish your silly science are the vanity presses that stroke your ego….

  19. D ou g says:

    IF you were right, Roy then there would be isothermal conditions in a Ranque-Hilsch vortex tube despite the huge g-force resulting from centrifugal force.

    But there is in fact a huge gravito-thermal effect in the vortex tube due to the huge g-force which is about a million times Earth’s gravity. So you can’t argue with empirical evidence Roy. The brilliant 19th century physicist who was first to estimate closely the size of air molecules was right about the Loschmidt gravito-thermal effect, and there has never since been a correct rebuttal thereof – I can fault all attempts.

    So you are wrong, Roy.

  20. sherry allen says:

    i assume the writer of this article is doing thier part by not owning a vehicle or house nor indulging in things like climate control, vacation, shopping, or other activities that peomote ANY use of the planet. grass hut and fig leaves only, i hope.

  21. David L. Hagen says:

    “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” Gen 1:31a.
    A good job well done!

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