When ice melts
Outside of Bloomberg’s London headquarters in mid-Dec, artist Olafur Eliasson and geologist Minik Rosing brought me as close as I may ever get to seeing glacial ice.
Every time I came in or out of the building, I saw people taking photographs, touching them, and in far more cases than I expected, licking them.
I got to see the beautiful blue colour and stripes in the ice. I also saw it melting. Water slowly running down the pavement as the glacial ice did what ice does when it warms up. It made a poignant statement about climate change that I felt deep in my core. I couldn’t help but think about Olaf from Disney’s Frozen. If only he knew what really happens to snowmen when they heat up.
Right there in front of us we saw the melting. Yes, we can say it’s because it was dragged down the U.K. when it belongs up in Greenland but the reality is that ice is melting up there too.
My decision today was that I don’t need ice in my drinks. I will need to dig through the pile of manuals, but will also shut off the ice making function on my fridge. Ice is energy intensive to make and keep cold. I will provide a further post on the estimated energy savings and how it to actually shut an ice machine off in a further post.
Resources on the energy intensity of ice:
Energy Cost Calculator for Commercial Ice Machines - US DOE