Dufus, do you think having an instrument right next to a goddam volcano vent might not be representative of the general atmosphere?<quoted text>"An instrument near the summit of Mauna Loa in Hawaii has recorded a long-awaited climate milestone: the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere there has exceeded 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in 55 years of measurement—and probably more than 3 million years of Earth history.
The last time the concentration of Earth's main greenhouse gas reached this mark, horses and camels lived in the high Arctic. Seas were at least 30 feet higher—at a level that today would inundate major cities around the world.
The planet was about 2 to 3 degrees Celsius (3.6 to 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer. But the Earth then was in the final stage of a prolonged greenhouse epoch, and CO2 concentrations were on their way down. This time, 400 ppm is a milepost on a far more rapid uphill climb toward an uncertain climate future." http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energ...
The Earth has been warming for more than 10,000 years. The polar ice caps will disappear, just like has happened repeatedly in the Earth's recent history. The sea level will rise, just like has happened repeatedly in the Earth's recent history.
Plan for it, dufus. There is no possible way the polar ice caps won't disappear.