Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Thickest, oldest Arctic ice is melting

The thickest, oldest and toughest sea ice around the North Pole is melting, a bad sign for the future of the Arctic ice cap, NASA satellite data showed on Tuesday.

"Thickness is an indicator of long-term health of sea ice, and that's not looking good at the moment," Walt Meier of the National Snow and Ice Data Center told reporters in a telephone briefing.

This adds to the litany of disturbing news about Arctic sea ice, which has been retreating over the last three decades, especially last year, when it ebbed to its lowest level.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Whether natural, man-made, or a combination of both, potential planet altering forces are surely at work. I hope the argument over whether there is cause for concern or not is well behind us, but probably not! Whatever the cause, we would do well to begin planning for changes that will directly impact over 25% of the earths population and all of the world's coastal cities if current trends continue. Of course, that's just my opinion. Proactive or reactive? That is the question.

Sorry, I don't know what got into me there, "let's party on dude"!