Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Another Global Warming Scare


Loss of Arctic ice leaves experts stunned | Environment | Guardian Unlimited  Annotated



A melting iceberg



Experts say they are "stunned" by the loss of ice, with an area almost twice as big as the UK disappearing in the last week alone.



If the increased rate of melting continues, the summertime Arctic could be totally free of ice by 2030.



Dr Serreze said: "If you asked me a couple of years ago when the Arctic could lose all of its ice then I would have said 2100, or 2070 maybe. But now I think that 2030 is a reasonable estimate. It seems that the Arctic is going to be a very different place within our lifetimes, and certainly within our childrens' lifetimes."




The sea ice usually melts in the Arctic summer and freezes again in the winter. But Dr Serreze said that would be difficult this year.


"This summer we've got all this open water and added heat going into the ocean. That is going to make it much harder for the ice to grow back."



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