Monday, August 11, 2008

North Pole could be ice-free by 2013

Leading scientists warn that the North Pole could be free of summer ice by the year 2013 based on observations of a major melt just last week.

The year 2008 looks like it may be a second record-breaker coming after a record-breaking season just last year.

"This startling loss of Arctic sea ice has major meteorological, environmental and ecological implications. The region acts like a giant refrigerator that has a strong effect on the northern hemisphere's meteorology. Without its cooling influence, weather patterns will be badly disrupted, including storms set to sweep over Britain."

The loss of the Arctic sea ice could also disrupt the Gulf Stream possibly changing weather patterns, a theme examined in a sensational manner in the movie "The Day after Tomorrow."

Meltdown in the Arctic is speeding up, UK - Aug 9, 2008
Ice at the North Pole melted at an unprecedented rate last week, with leading scientists warning that the Arctic could be ice-free in summer by 2013. ...
North Pole 'could be ice-free by 2013' Hindu

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