Slow Ice

“If a connoisseur is willing to part with serious cash for a tumbler of 50-year-old scotch, … why wouldn’t that same customer opt for a high-end [glacial] ice cube? Because it was formed under tremendous pressure, it is extremely dense and melts more slowly than manufactured ice.” (

Whisky, not glaciers, should be on the rocks.


As nearly 200 governments meet in the Peruvian capital, Lima, to thrash out a draft deal to cut carbon emissions in a bid to ward off more global warming, high in the Peruvian Andes, a region prone to earthquakes, “scientists warn that if a giant chunk of ice from the Hualcan glacier breaks off it could trigger a tsunami-like wave.” (

The tropical glacier of Damocles.


The latest Pine Island Glacier (PIG) iceberg [Berglet] may be pulling out into the Southern Ocean. “If the iceberg did follow this trajectory, it would bring the Singapore-size ice island into busy international shipping lanes.” (

And now the traffic news: tail lights are coming on in the Drake Passage…


“The prospect of an ice-free Arctic in the summer has spurred oil and gas exploration and shipping in the north, which threaten fragile ecosystems, and scientists are also beginning to tie the disappearing ice to extreme weather events in Europe.” (

The Arctic looks set to become a cheap flight holiday destination.


“Waters near big chunks of land and ice are literally pulled up onto shores by gravity. … If Greenland melted enough to raise global seas by an average of 1 metre, for example, the gravitational effect would lower water levels near Greenland by 2.5 metres and raise them by as much as 1.3 metres far away.” (

Greenland is so named because, like the moon, it’s made of green cheese – with special tidal powers.


“Melting sea ice has also opened up new shipping routes. Russia is now advertising the Northern Sea Route, which cuts the journey time from China to Europe by up to two weeks. … ‘Though you will need to pay for a nuclear-powered icebreaker.'” (

A step up from a snow-blower.


“As the amount of Arctic sea ice declines at an unprecedented rate, the thawing of offshore permafrost releases methane,” ( which “increase[s] climate impacts such as flooding, sea level rise, damage to agriculture and human health.” (

Research is underway into the impact of a naked flame.