The Arctic is melting to record low levels


These are bad bad news. As the New York Times Green blog notes : “Next week, Arctic sea ice may melt to its smallest size since data collection began in 1979, according to the lead scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

The summer of 2007 holds the record for sea ice melt, when the minimum area of the Arctic sea ice recorded was 39 percent smaller than the average minimum from 1979 to 2000.”

As the Atlantic Wire notes : “The ice over the Arctic Ocean is shrinking at record rates this year, a stark signal of global warming, scientists say.”

How bad is it? Watch this striking animated GIF of the past few decades’ of ice shrinkage from climate change blog Open Mind.”

I am wondering if there is a way to just stop this. Can’t we just make a lot of ice with renewables ? What would be the consequences if all these ice melt ?

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