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Over time, sea levels rose and Doggerland became increasingly submerged, eventually becoming cut off from land on both sides and forming an island. Around 6000 BC a devastating tsunami tore down through the North Sea and across the island of Doggerland, wiping out its population. The story of Doggerland tells us of our history as Europeans and also of our beginnings as an island race. After the submergence of Doggerland the residents in Britain became cut off from the European mainland and began to develop independently. The spread of agriculture, from the Fertile Crescent through Europe, stopped at the Channel and our island mentality began to form.
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Arctic Ice Loss Is Not as Scary as the Giant
Stirring in the South so WHAT ABOUT at
the other icy end of the planet?
Ice shelf holding back keystone Antarctic glacier within years of failure. Breakup of the Thwaites eastern shelf will ramp up sea level rise.
An alarming crackup has begun at the foot of Antarctica’s vulnerable Thwaites Glacier, whose meltwater is already responsible for about 4% of global sea level rise. An ice sheet the size of Florida, Thwaites ends its slide into the ocean as a floating ledge of ice 45 kilometers wide. But now, this ice shelf, riven by newly detected fissures on its surface and underside, is likely to break apart in the next 5 years or so, scientists reported today at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union.
Arctic sea ice extent has declined significantly in all months since satellite measurements began in 1979, with Septembers showing the largest declines. The last 15 Septembers show the lowest values.
Yet just one month after Cop26 ended in Glasgow, the warning that the 300-metre thick, 50-mile wide Thwaites glacier has started to crack up has been met with silence from governments preoccupied by Covid-19 and the return of normal politics. The danger is that the many actions pledged in November to address global heating will be shelved for another year, to become just one more risk in an increasingly dangerous world. Thwaites underlines that global heating and glaciers do not wait for politicians, and every year action to reduce climate emissions is delayed only accelerates global disaster.