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14 Sep 2006

Arctic ice shrinks 14% in a year

Filed under: Noteworthy news, Technology and science — paulcook @ 7:17 pm

New studies from NASA (JPL) and elsewhere show a 14% reduction in perennial (ie. survives the summer) Arctic ice in just one year, from 2004 to 2005. Supercomputer models had suggested that the ice (and, incidentally, polar bears as a species) would all be gone by 2070, but this is far faster even than those predictions.

This might be a good time to turn off a light, or take your bike to work tomorrow. Just a thought.

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  1. And elsewhere in the doom-book:

    Another 1 degree rise in global temperature and they reckon the effect will become completely run-away….

    I wonder what the people in 200 years are going to have to say about us. I’m sure kids will sit in their classrooms laughing at our silliness at how we were so stupid to have done so much damage. At least I hope they will be able to sit and laugh!

    Comment by Paul F — 28 Sep 2006 @ 1:49 am

  2. Yes, me too! It looks like it’s starting to grow as an issue people are aware of, but far too slowly. And though Europe has the emissions trading scheme now, without the US government’s involvement, it’s not going to have a huge effect. One for the history books indeed!

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