2008, New York Times. A German scientist named Thomas
Wagner soothes our nerves about the planet:
Thomas Wagner, a German scientist at Newcastle University in England who was among the authors, cautioned against concluding that modern ice in the Arctic or Antarctic might resist current global warming.
“It’s difficult to draw a direct relationship between our findings and the current discussion on the climate,” Mr. Wagner said.
“The results, however, show that even in a very warm world it is possible, at least temporarily, to build up larger ice caps in cooler regions,” he said.
May 2014, New York Times. An American scientist also
named Thomas Wagner basically tells us it’s too late. WAY TOO
The finding, which had been feared by some scientists for decades, means that a rise in global sea level of at least 10 feet may now be inevitable. The rise may continue to be relatively slow for at least the next century or so, the scientists said, but sometime after that it will probably speed up so sharply as to become a crisis.
“This is really happening,” said Thomas P. Wagner, who runs NASA’s programs on polar ice and helped oversee some of the research. “There’s nothing to stop it now. But you are still limited by the physics of how fast the ice can flow.”
How many Thomas Wagners are there? And what will they say next?