Concerned about loss of glacial ice


Oct. 10, 2013 The Bellingham Herald printed a New York Times article "Once-rare heat waves seen as normal." The article suggested that there may be greenhouse emissions causing grave consequences as soon as 2047, and that people living in hotter climates will need to move to cooler climates, like Bellingham.

Before we moved here I lived in a place that grew to ten times its original population in my 30 years. In my opinion Bellingham is not even close to being ready for such an increase.

Even in the early 1970s there was news of ocean water levels rising as a consequence of the glaciers melting. We recently went to see the Lightcatcher Museum's presentation of ice and melting glaciers, and we learned about how much ice has melted now, and how and why it is melting. I remember something a history teacher taught us in his class in 1968. He made a point to have us look at maps showing the major cities of the world and the source of water for those cities, and most of those city water sources come from glacier melt, much like Bellingham. Glacier melt is a rather free water source compared to desalinization or reverse osmosis. It is clear to me that without adequate water supply our Bellingham population will soon be rationing water a lot more seriously than we do presently. I'm asking how much water Bellingham would have if all of the glacial ice on Mount Baker were gone.

John Thompson


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