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Mar 19, 2008

Potemkin Icecap?


When, oh when does thin ice turn into deep doo-doo?

From Climate Progess:

The Washington Post has a must-read story on this today:

“Because we had a cold winter, the public might think things have gotten better,” said Walter Meier of the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder. “In fact, the loss of the perennial ice makes clear that they’re not getting better at all.

The surprising drop in perennial ice makes the fast-changing region more unstable, because the thinner seasonal ice melts readily in summer….

Flying over the Arctic, one might perceive the sea ice cover as broad, Meier said, but that apparent breadth hides the fact that the ice is so thin. “It’s a facade, like a Hollywood set,” he said. “There’s no building behind it.”

The BBC also has a great story. Be sure to check out the graph that shows how perennial sea ice has declined.

6 comments:

pissed in NYC said...

Christ, that's the second time I've seen notebooks. Whore.
As for the ice, by the time this country is ready to respond it will be too late. Guess I shouldn't put off those swimming lessons any longer, yes?

Sorghum Crow said...

I just bid farewell to "Notebooks". I'm getting a few more of these bot-type comments. I may have to go to the word verification thingy.

PiNY, I think we'll see spring break in Churchill, Manitoba before this country does much of anything. After all Churchill will need some new tourist draw after the polar bears are gone. (Co-eds Go Polar Bare?)

Distributorcap said...

it wasnt that cold here in NY this year...

and i guess i will have waterfront property before i know it

the fundies are slowly changing their tune on this -- except by the time they do it will be waterworld -- a real bad movie

Sorghum Crow said...

Waterfront property, yes. But will you be able to find a moorage for your vaporetti?

dguzman said...

This is so effing scary.

Fenridal said...

See here or here