Sep 5, 2007

Glacial Melt Accelerating

Small Pieces of Ice Floating in Glacier Bay

Rapidly accelerating melting of the polar ice caps is causing some climatologists to revise their global warming tables. Catastrophe may be coming sooner rather than later.

The Arctic ice cap has collapsed at an unprecedented rate this summer and levels of sea ice in the region now stand at record lows, scientists have announced.

Experts say they are "stunned" by the loss of ice, with an area almost twice as big as the UK disappearing in the last week alone.

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The Arctic has now lost about a third of its ice since satellite measurements began thirty years ago, and the rate of loss has accelerated sharply since 2002.

Dr [Mark] Serreze said: "If you asked me a couple of years ago when the Arctic could lose all of its ice then I would have said 2100, or 2070 maybe. But now I think that 2030 is a reasonable estimate. It seems that the Arctic is going to be a very different place within our lifetimes, and certainly within our childrens' lifetimes."

But, if you really want to feel an icy chill run down your spine, consider this: What will Dr. Serreze be saying two years from now? Sudden climate change? Anyone?... Anyone?

1 comment:

McColl& said...

unbelievable. I have got to pass this one on to Kathleen, she is at an event right now about climate change.