Arctic expert predicts final collapse of sea ice within four years

As sea ice shrinks to record lows, Prof Peter Wadhams warns a 'global disaster' is now unfolding in northern latitudes One of the world's leading ice experts has predicted the final collapse of Arctic sea ice in summer months within four years. Full Story »

Posted by Pamela Hogle - via Peter Daou, Pierre Omidyar
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Subjects: World, Politics, Sci/Tech
Topics: Environment, Global Warming, Science, Climate Change
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Posted by: Posted by Pamela Hogle - Sep 17, 2012 - 12:24 PM PDT
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Edited by: Pamela Hogle - Sep 20, 2012 - 10:23 AM PDT
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by William Hughes-Games - Sep. 20, 2012

The article is telling it like it is based on the actual field observations instead of a head in the sand attitude of wishful thinking. The implications of this melt are far greater than even the most pessimistic scientist suggests.

I think finally someone (Prof Wadhams) has finally come up with a realistic prediction. The really big elephant in the room is the warm (1-2.5 degrees above the melting point of ice) salty deep water filling the Arctic Ocean. All we need is a mechanism to bring this water to the surface and there is enough heat to melt the Arctic ice many times over. Storms such as we had on Aug6 are such a mechanism. The counter clockwise surface currents they induce coupled with Coriolis will ... More »

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by sean wayne - Sep. 25, 2012
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