I will vouch that people everywhere in Victoria claim they are melting. The main conversation these days is the weather forecast, creative methods for keeping cool, keeping your office cool, etc.
The team found that sea levels in Haida Gwaii are rising at a rate of 16 cm per century—twice as fast as sea levels around Victoria. During extreme storms, sea levels rise at more than twice this rate.
Walker and his team also learned that the coastline is eroding at a rate of one to three metres per year. “This will bring a variety of hazards,” he says. “For example, the coastal highway will see increased flooding and erosion in the next 10 to 20 years.”
Then I found this article originally published in the Guardian that had me shaking even with the sweltering heat.
The geological record suggests that ice at the poles does not melt in a gradual and linear fashion, but flips suddenly from one state to another. When temperatures increased to 2-3 degrees Celsius above today’s level 3.5 million years ago, sea levels rose not by 59 cm but by 25 meters. The ice responded immediately to changes in temperature.
We now have a pretty good idea of why ice sheets collapse. The buttresses that prevent them from sliding into the sea break up; meltwater trickles down to their base, causing them suddenly to slip; and pools of water form on the surface, making the ice darker so that it absorbs more heat. These processes are already taking place in Greenland and West Antarctica.
Yikes!! It appears Harper has succumbed to the eventuality of it all and is no longer planning to buy icebreakers for our arctic. I guess it makes sense if you are doing your best (e.g sabotage of Kyoto Accord, refusing a carbon tax plan for industry) to ensure that global warming continues unbated.