Scary New Report on Arctic Ice
Yesterday, the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union delivered the annual “Arctic Report Card”. The Report is assembled by more than 140 scientists to assess the state of the North Pole. Here are some of the findings.
2002 vs. 2012
- In 2012, Greenland saw the warmest summer in 170 years.
- Permafrost temperatures were the highest on record at eight of 10 observatories in Alaska.
- Recored Low Ice & Snow in the Arctic
- 97% of the Arctic Ice sheet melted this year.
- The Arctic ice sheet is melting 5 times faster then in the 90’s
Arctic’s Record Melt Worries Scientists
SAN FRANCISCO — Arctic glaciers retreated at record levels in 2012, while summer snow melted in the region much more rapidly than it has in the past, according to a new report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA).
The findings, presented here Wednesday (Dec. 5) at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union, are part of the annual “Arctic Report Card,” which was assembled by more than 140 scientists to assess the state of the North Pole.
The report found that Greenland’s Arctic sea ice and glaciers were melting at a record rate and that sea-level rise has accelerated in the region. That has caused a population boom in lower-level organisms such as plankton, but has disrupted the life cycles of animals ranging from lemmings to the Arctic fox. Keep reading at livescience.com