Between 1.5 trillion and 2 trillion tons of ice in Greenland, Antarctica and Alaska have melted at an accelerating rate since 2003, according to NASA scientists, in the latest signs of what they say is global warming.
"The ice tells us in a very real way how the climate is changing," said Luthcke, who will present his findings this week at the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco, California.
NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, or GRACE, mission uses two orbiting satellites to measure the "mass balance" of a glacier, or the net annual difference between ice accumulation and ice loss.
Either this is a regular cycle of earth, or a disruption of a cycle.
Either way, humanity is committing ecocide wherever it goes, dividing up the earth and layering it in dwellings -- for what? For the illusion that the individual is sovreign over nature.
Individualism is ecocide. Global warming -- whether it's a cyclic norm or an interruption of that cycle -- is just one small part of our ecocide.