Letter of the Day (Dec. 30): Climate change

  • Updated: December 29, 2013 - 2:00 PM

The melting of Iceland’s glaciers provides photographic evidence.


The Solheim Glacier in 2006 (top) and 2009.

Photo: James Balog • Photos from “Chasing Ice”,

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The image accompanying this letter, first published in the Star Tribune just over a year ago in a story about the movie “Chasing Ice,” took my breath away. The two photos in it are of a glacier, Sólheimajökull, in my home country of Iceland. The top one is taken in 2006, the bottom one in 2009. Yes, I know, shocking.

Icelandic glaciologist Helgi Björnsson believes Iceland’s glaciers, including Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, will be gone within 150 to 200 years.

The disappearance of the north polar ice cap and its disastrous consequences should be a greater cause for our concern than obsessions over how many years off Al Gore’s predictions thereof are (Readers Write, Dec. 23).

Íris E. Lee, Northfield, Minn.

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