Arctic Sea Ice Death Spiral Visible From Space
Holy sh*t – if this video doesn’t alarm the heck out of you, you don’t have a pulse!
New findings on the state of the Arctic sea ice, resulting from a collaboration between many international agencies, confirm new data collected from the European Space Agency’s CryoSat-2 satellite spanning 2010 to 2012, and data from NASA’s ICESat satellite from 2003 to 2008. And the news isn’t good, folks. Humanity has never experienced an ice-free arctic, but that’s all going to change in the next decade unless we make a dramatic downward shift in our production of carbon dioxide. In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s time to address the global climate crisis; let’s put our human ingenuity, the hallmark of our species, to work.
A few years ago, some scientists were predicting that the total volume of summertime ice in the Arctic, what many call the “air conditioner of the planet,” could decline by as much as 75 percent by 2020. For the most part they were dismissed by their peers for being “too aggressive” in their climatological models. Now, thanks to two high-tech satellites capable of directly measuring both area and depth of ice (and thus calculate total volume), these experts have been vindicated. Read more on MNN.com.