Our Planet is Melting: Sea Ice Could Be Gone By 2030

August 21, 2007 at 9:19 am (frightening things) (, , )

There is now less arctic sea ice than ever recorded and the melting isn’t even over for the season yet. Fuck! It’s currently at 1.93 million square miles; the previous low, from 2005, was 2.05 million square miles. Scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado estimate it may drop as low as 1.74 million this year. Emphasis mine:

Bruno Tremblay is an assistant professor of ocean and atmospheric sciences at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, who is planning a research cruise to the Russian Arctic in September.

In preparation for the trip, he has been observing updated maps of the sea ice extent, which show the quickly melting ice.

“I never thought it would go that low that fast,” Tremblay said. “There’s still a month of melting in front of us, and we’re already past the record of 2005.”

. . . Sea ice—frozen, floating seawater—melts and refreezes with the seasons, but some of the ice persists year-round in the Arctic.

The current rate of sea ice melt is much faster than predicted by computer models of the global climate system.

Just last year the National Snow and Ice Data Center’s [Mark Serreze] said that the Arctic was “right on schedule” to be completely free of ice by 2070 at the soonest. He now thinks that day may arrive by 2030.

“There’s talk of a tipping point, where we thin the ice down sufficiently so that at some point large parts of it can’t survive the summer melt season anymore, so we see this very rapid decline in ice cover,” he said.

“It’s quite conceivable that that tipping point we talk about has already been reached.”


I keep telling my parents things are going to go to shit in 15 years, not 50.

Sometimes it’s awful to be right.



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  2. Michael Hesseltine said,

    How do you global warming whackos explain the fact that Glacier Bay, chocked with ice in 1750, retreated 48 miles by 1879. Gee…….were there cars in 1879?? NO!! How do you also explain the there are glaciers that are “ADVANCING” right now in Glacier Bay!! “ADVANCING”??? how can that be??

    I don’t disagree that we need to be more in tuned to our environment and find ways to have less impact on this world, but I don’t buy into the Environmental Whakos assertion that the climate chages we are experiencing today are “ALL MANMADE”.

    Personally, I think the current environmental movement is made up of 5% Science and 95% typical liberal hysteria!!

    Basically, Global Warming happens to be the “Current flavor of the Month” for liberals.

    Have a nice day! :)

  3. Daisy said,

    Well Michael, I think you’re a willfully ignorant denialist! And at this point, that kind of bullshit is just inexcusable. Any future comments in that vein will be deleted.

  4. Daisy said,

    As promised, Michael Hesseltine, your comment has been deleted. Posting again will only waste time for both of us.

    If you want a place to spew your nonsense on the web, I recommend you get your own blog. It’s fast, easy, and free! And you won’t be cluttering mine.


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