01 July 2008

The North Pole: Ice Free?

Try explaining this one to your kids when they ask about Ol' Saint Nicks place of residence.

Firsthand observations and satellite images show that the immediate area around the geographic North Pole is now mostly annual, or first-year, ice—thin new ice that forms each year during the winter freeze.

Meaning this summer for the first time in history the North Pole may be free of ice due to Climate Change.

Scientific models had not suggested that the Arctic would see its first completely ice-free summer until somewhere between 2013 and 2030 clearly showing the rapid increase of the effects of global warming.
Almost all models have the Arctic completely ice free in the summer by 2100.

Warming Oceans Contributed to Record Arctic Melt
Arctic Ice at All-Time Low

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