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Arctic ice melt is "amazing"
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Author:  frozentripper [ September 7th, 2012, 8:07 am ]
Post subject:  Arctic ice melt is "amazing"

Much faster than previously predicted, effects on global weather patterns possible.

In other news, Monsanto has released a genetically modified DroughtGard corn, in response to the dry weather affecting crops... I'm amaized.



7 September 2012

Arctic ice melting at 'amazing' speed, scientists find

By David Shukman

Science Editor, BBC News, in Svalbard

Scientists in the Arctic are warning that this summer's record-breaking melt is part of an accelerating trend with profound implications.

Norwegian researchers report that the sea ice is becoming significantly thinner and more vulnerable.

Last month, the annual thaw of the region's floating ice reached the lowest level since satellite monitoring began, more than 30 years ago.

It is thought the scale of the decline may even affect Europe's weather.

The melt is set to continue for at least another week - the peak is usually reached in mid-September - while temperatures here remain above freezing.


The Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) is at the forefront of Arctic research and its international director, Kim Holmen, told the BBC that the speed of the melting was faster than expected.

"It is a greater change than we could even imagine 20 years ago, even 10 years ago," Dr Holmen said.

"And it has taken us by surprise and we must adjust our understanding of the system and we must adjust our science and we must adjust our feelings for the nature around us."


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