Arctic Sea Ice is Being Lost Quicker Than Ever

The Earth Policy Institute reports that sea ice is being lost from the Arctic more and more rapidly:

The North Pole is losing its ice cap. Comparing recent melt seasons with historical records spanning more than 1,400 years shows summer Arctic sea ice in free fall.  Many scientists believe that the Arctic Ocean will be ice-free in the summertime within the next decade or two, and some say that this could occur as early as 2016.  The last time the Arctic was completely free of ice may have been 125,000 years ago.

This is the ice that polar bears need to hunt on and also the ice that reflects a lot of the sun’s warming radiation. Sobering stuff.

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2 thoughts on “Arctic Sea Ice is Being Lost Quicker Than Ever

  1. The situation is getting more concerning as all these effects start cascading… Vanishing ice caps, melting permafrost, long-frozen carbon deposits starting to release carbon dioxide. Last year, central Canada had a very mild winter and unprecedented warmth in February and March because the annual Arctic “gyre” weather pattern did not form. Pretty well all Arctic buildings rely on permafrost to support their foundations. Things are looking pretty uncertain (for the guys in the strip, too) over the next while.

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