Aug 13 2008

Will the Arctic Ocean be Ice-Free In Five Years?

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arctic ice capsThe Arctic Ocean’s sea ice is melting rapidly this summer at a pace that could eclipse last year’s record-breaking retreat. Scientists, who previously charted a moderate recovery for this year, modified their predictions after recent storms over Alaska’s Beaufort Sea accelerated the disintegration. With this year’s melting of Arctic sea ice set to be as bad or perhaps even worse than last year, scientists charting the changes have even modified their long term projections. Whereas an ice-free Arctic summer was originally forecast for 2070, new estimates place the likelihood of such a scenario at only five years away. The unprecedented thawing of the North Pole will have far reaching implications for the earth’s environment. The Arctic ice cover’s rapid retreat will raise global sea levels, affect weather patterns in the northern hemisphere, heat the earth’s temperature and increase threats against local wildlife such as polar bears that depend on sea ice for hunting. It will also open access to previously unreachable oil and gas deposits prompting northern nations to set claims to undersea territories.

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GUEST: Walter Meier, Research Scientist with the US National Snow and Ice Data Center

12 responses so far

12 Responses to “Will the Arctic Ocean be Ice-Free In Five Years?”

  1. Nancy-no e-mail so entering tony'son 13 Aug 2008 at 10:26 am

    The Great Sonali and everyone who cares:
    Within the past year, Barbara Boxer was in Greenland when polar bears came ashore where mighty humans live in search of food. They were promptly shot and killed. Boxer not only witnessed this but UNCONDITIONALLY CONDONES IT. It would be so much easier to relocate these few hundred people than to live with the pain of extinction.

  2. Nancyon 13 Aug 2008 at 11:50 am

    Barbara boxer was in Greenland in the past year. Polar bears came ashore where mighty humans live in search of food. They were promptly shot and killed. Boxer witnessed and FULLY CONDONES THIS. Better to relocate a few hundred humans than face the pain of extinction. Remember, extinction is forever. Sonali the Great’s guest said there ARE polar bears in Greenland. Not if Boxer has her say.

  3. Warwickon 14 Aug 2008 at 12:40 pm

    This story is bogus see for yourself
    http://igloo.atmos.uiuc.edu/cgi-bin/test/print.sh?fm=08&fd=13&fy=2007&sm=08&sd=13&sy=2008

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