Epidemic of Ice-Free Arctic Predicted to Spread from Summer into Autumn within this Decade
Posted Jun 23 2010 8:00am
I have warned many times about the impending milestone in the progression of
global warming from a terrifying result of humanity’s addiction to fossil fuels
and unsustainable lifestyles to a planetwide crisis which will kill millions and
displace hundreds of millions of more. While the scientific basis for
predictions of an ice-free Arctic during the summer months strikes me as
overwhelmingly conclusive, I can understand where some skeptics remain
unconvinced. Now, thanks to the brilliant work of scientific vanguards, we have
new evidence from which we can extrapolate the inevitable.
At first glance, one might be struck by the work of Dr. Wieslaw Maslowski of
the Naval Postgraduate School and Dr. Leonid Polyak from Ohio State University
as pointing to bad news which doesn’t quite rise to the level of global
emergency. However, if you fall into this category, I will hasten to emphasize a
key detail. Maslowski and Polyak point to an ice-free Arctic in the autumnal
months by the end of this decade.
Yes, you read that right. Maslowski and Polyak have offer scientific
conclusions that we will see an ice-free Arctic during autumn by the end of this
decade. In fact, they inform us that the Arctic ice pack is at its thinnest and
smallest coverage area in at least several millennia. Yes, the news is that bad.
By extension, then, we know that we will experience ice-free Arctic summers
in our immediate future. I shudder to ponder what that will mean for us and
hundreds of endangered species.
We are turning the Arctic Sea into a salty form of slush. Shame on us!