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Santa’s Houseboat: The North Pole is Melting

Posted in climate change, ecology, geology, Global Warming, meteorology, Science by Curtis on 9/21/07

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Scientific American online quotes a senior scientist with the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado: “At this point, I’d say the year 2030 is not unreasonable . . . within our lifetimes and certainly within our children’s lifetimes.” He is speaking of his best estimate for the first recorded instance of a summer without sea ice in the Arctic.

More from the article:

“The sea ice cover this year has reached a new record low,” says Mark Serreze, senior research scientist at the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo. “It’s not just that we beat the old record, we annihilated it.” . . .

Whereas the South Pole remains protected by differing geographic, atmospheric and oceanic conditions, the North Pole is undergoing rapid change not seen in at least 6,000 years and perhaps as much as 125,000 years, and which may spread to lower latitudes. “It is reasonable to think that if you lose the sea ice cover that is going to have an impact elsewhere, in the midlatitudes,” Serreze says. Some modeling studies of such effects have suggested drought in the western U.S. or changes in precipitation patterns across Europe. . .

. . . the Arctic Ocean may become a spooky, foggy place, haunted by diminished populations of spectrally thin polar bears clinging to life in residual habitat. “It’s going to be a different world,” Serreze notes. “The observed rates of change have far outstripped what we projected.”

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