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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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 Climate change 'irreversible' as Arctic sea ice fails to re-form

Sea ice in the Arctic has failed to re-form for the second consecutive winter, raising fears that global warming may have tipped the polar regions in to irreversible climate change far sooner than predicted:
Scientists are now convinced that Arctic sea ice is showing signs of both a winter and a summer decline that could indicate a major acceleration in its long-term rate of disappearance. The greatest fear is that an environmental "positive feedback" has kicked in, where global warming melts ice which in itself causes the seas to warm still further as more sunlight is absorbed by a dark ocean rather than being reflected by white ice....

Professor Peter Wadhams, of Cambridge University, who was the first Briton to monitor Arctic sea ice from nuclear submarines, said: "One of the big changes this winter is that a large area of the Barents Sea has remained ice-free for the first time. This is part of Europe's 'back yard'. Climate models did predict a retreat of sea ice in the Barents Sea but not for a few decades yet, so it is a sign that the changes that were predicted are indeed happening, but much faster than predicted."

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its because you need to listen to the sounds of Oneword. Then everything will be alright!

4:39 PM  
Anonymous Lawrence Hewitt said...

Humans destroying humans is one thing, I was just hoping we wouldn't take the rest of the planet with us.

11:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is all very normal and nothing to be concerned about. The climate will adjust itself with or without human interaction.

All this talk of "oh now we have destroyed the earth" is a bunch of BS and really appears as tho perhaps that civilization has taken this planet for granted.

Either go with the change or die off, seems our best options and a choice that needs to be made now instead of later.

All this talk of global warming is no different than the BS talk of global freezing 40 years ago.

There is nothing humans have done to this planet other than hurt ourselves. The planet will be here with or without us to document it's presence.

12:53 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

I agree. Get some temperatures from the National Weather service. They've got records back to the 1800s, and you'll see some very disturbing trends as well.

Read Michael Crichton: State of Fear. It's fiction but he includes some great examples of trends, and explains what was going on in the world durring that time (height of coal burning) and includes the real data.

Take a medium stance between the crazy eco babble and the "ostrich" approach.

1:10 PM  

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