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A glacial region in Norway  (Source: NRK)
Scandinavian nation reverses trend, mirrors results in Alaska, elsewhere.

After years of decline, glaciers in Norway are again growing, reports the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE). The actual magnitude of the growth, which appears to have begun over the last two years, has not yet been quantified, says NVE Senior Engineer Hallgeir Elvehøy.

The flow rate of many glaciers has also declined. Glacier flow ultimately acts to reduce accumulation, as the ice moves to lower, warmer elevations.

The original trend had been fairly rapid decline since the year 2000.  

The developments were originally reported by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK).

DailyTech has previously reported on the growth in Alaskan glaciers, reversing a 250-year trend of loss. Some glaciers in Canada, California, and New Zealand are also growing, as the result of both colder temperatures and increased snowfall.

Ed Josberger, a glaciologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, says the growth is "a bit of an anomaly", but not to be unexpected.

Despite the recent growth, most glaciers in the nation are still smaller than they were in 1982. However, Elvehøy says that the glaciers were even smaller during the 'Medieval Warm Period' of the Viking Era, prior to around the year 1350.

Not all Norwegian glaciers appear to be affected, most notably those in the Jotenheimen region of Southern Norway.

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By Ringold on 11/29/2008 5:02:54 PM , Rating: 2
Like the other guy just pointed out, that's more money than some people will earn in a lifetime.

Divide the 50 trillion by the 1 billion who actually could pay it, and it's $50,000. That's, what, two years or so of global rich-world output? As the current economy shows, just slight variations of 1 and 2% of total output can lead to huge increases in unemployment, and, well, just a lot of all-around suffering. The suffering isn't limited to just people who would pay the cost either because the world is deeply connected by international trade. A bank collapses in Europe, and Malaysians may loose chunks of their retirement. Euro-zone consumers cut back, and thousands of factories close (and have already closed) in China, etc.

If you think 50 trillion is trivial, stop paying attention to the current global government as if they are some kind of good example, tossing hundreds of billions around as if its nothing. Governments are going to have to "thread the (monetary) needle" carefully; if they get it wrong, hyperinflation catastrophe, if they get it right, possibly a repeat of Japan's decade-long stagnation.

It's not just me saying this, either. Numerous economists have done cost-benefit analysis suggesting that it makes sense to only spend relatively small sums of money curbing greenhouse gas emissions. Higher levels of spending could reduce output and thus reduce global warming damage in the long run, but by less than the value of forgone investments with that same marginal dollar. (Yeah, I know, left-wing ideology and economics doesn't mix well)

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