Tuesday, December 11, 2007

R.I.P. Polar Bear Habitat
BORN: 100,000 B.C. - DIED: 2012 A.D.



The above is from NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio which shows the massive ice melt that is occurring at the north pole. Today the AP reported on some history making news:

Greenland's ice sheet melted nearly 19 billion tons more than the previous high mark, and the volume of Arctic sea ice at summer's end was half what it was just four years earlier, according to new NASA satellite data obtained by The Associated Press.

"The Arctic is screaming," said Mark Serreze, senior scientist at the government's snow and ice data center in Boulder, Colo.

Just last year, two top scientists surprised their colleagues by projecting that the Arctic sea ice was melting so rapidly that it could disappear entirely by the summer of 2040.

This week, after reviewing his own new data, NASA climate scientist Jay Zwally said: "At this rate, the Arctic Ocean could be nearly ice-free at the end of summer by 2012, much faster than previous predictions."


Looks like some animals are going to be going extinct much sooner than we thought. The septics (a term apparently coined by Dr. Connolley for one who spews pure rubbish) have simultaneously launched a Senator Inhofe press release claiming "Warming is naturally caused and shows no human influence." It features an "expert reviewer" from the International Climate Science Coalition which is so new that Google hasn't even indexed it yet. This made-to-order climate coalition contains many of the usual septics like Balling, Ball, Monckton, Sonja A. Boehmer-Christiansen et. al.


More on Inhofe's press release later....

Source:
AP, Ominous Arctic Melt Worries Experts Dec 11, 6:48 PM (ET) SETH BORENSTEIN
h/t Desmogblog and Ms. Sparrow.

16 comments:

Andy from Beaverton said...

Oh, please!!!

Do you want to put some money on it? I know I'll be around in 2012 to enjoy my winnings with the polar bears.

Instead of calling your blog 'logicalscience', it's becoming known as 'ignoringfactualscience'.

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Sparrow (in the coal mine) said...

Andy, the rate at which ice melts is one aspect of climate change that is not well understood. This could be a short term trend. However, all indicators show that the arctic circle is losing ice at an incredible rate. Whether the polar bears are survive the massive ice melt only time will tell. However, their habitat is shrinking at unprecedented rates. That much is well documented.

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