Global Warming Is Expected to Increase from Rapid Arctic Ice Melt and Methane Release.

“Climate models have predicted a retreat of the Arctic sea ice; but the actual retreat has proven to be much more rapid than the predictions.”

- Claire Parkinson, Ph.D., Climate Researcher, NASA Goddard

“The final Arctic summer sea ice collapse is now happening and will probably be complete by 2015 to 2016.”

- Peter Wadhams, Ph.D., Dir., Polar Ocean Physics Group,
Cambridge University, U. K.

 

An image of the Arctic sea ice on September 16, 2012, the day that the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported the minimum Arctic ice cover on record. The yellow outline shows the average sea ice minimum from 1979 through increasing summer ice melt to 2010. Illustrated image provided by NASA Goddard's Visualization Explorer.
An image of the Arctic sea ice on September 16, 2012, the day that the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported the minimum Arctic ice cover on record. The yellow outline shows the average sea ice minimum from 1979 through increasing summer ice melt to 2010. Illustrated image provided by NASA Goddard's Visualization Explorer.

October  25, 2012  Cambridge, England -  The U. S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that the first nine months of 2012 were the warmest on record for the contiguous United States. Further, the Arctic is melting faster than any computer model ever predicted. For the first time on record, 75% of the Arctic sea ice had melted by mid-September 2012. The National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado says that direct satellite measurements of the Arctic sea ice began in the late 1970s, but it has been at least a few thousand years since the Arctic has had so much open water.

 

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