The Hipboot Tour: Thinning Ice Sheets and Rising Sea Levels
Clean Air-Cool Planet, in cooperation with local groups in Portland, ME, Hampton, NH, Philadelphia, PA, Norfolk, VA, Wilmington, NC, and Miami and Tampa FL, has begun the Hip-Boot Tour, a series of coastal community roundtables and outreach events designed to bring the latest science in sea level rise and ice sheets to officials and citizens on the US east coast – where sea level rise of up to a meter – and possibly more – is now considered likely if greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced.
SCHEDULE / SPEAKERS: See who's wearing hipboots, and where.
In each community, scientists with firsthand experience in Greenland or the Antarctic will present the latest research, which indicates a rapid escalation in the contributions of polar ice discharge to sea-level rise and the potential for “dynamic changes” in ice sheets at the poles, particularly in Greenland.
Each event will also feature a spokesperson from Clean Air-Cool Planet addressing policy solutions, including stringent cap-and-trade legislation in Congress and US participation in an international campaign to reduce short-lived pollutants, including methane and black carbon, which scientists believe are accelerating the warming in the Arctic.