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Thursday, 14 July 2011

Ice free arctic now predicted to occur no less than three separate times

Just a quick one, this. Yes, folks, it's another warble gloaming date for your diary, though this one is a little way off.
SEA ice in the Arctic is melting at a record pace this year, suggesting warming at the north pole is speeding up and a largely ice-free Arctic can be expected in summer months within 30 years.
Global warming has been melting Arctic sea ice for the past 30 years at a rate of about 3 per cent a decade on average. But the two new data sets suggest that, if these trends continue, a largely ice-free Arctic in summer months is likely within 30 years.
That is up to 40 years earlier than was anticipated in the last Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment report.
This prediction comes from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center, a body which I'm certain owes absolutely nothing to the large political and public concern, albeit dwindling in the latter case, about warble gloaming and would get exactly the same amount of government funding to the cent if nobody at all believed a word of it. If all the predictions I'm collecting come true it will be the third such ice-free arctic after the 'Gore ice-free arctic' of 2013 and the 'Hadrow ice-free arctic' of 2019. I haven't quite worked out how this latest ice-free arctic is four decades earlier than expectations of the same thing happening just two years from now and six years after that - perhaps ice travels in time if there's enough carbon dioxide above it. It might explain previous ice ages if much of our present day ice has travelled into the past, though I feel that we urgently need to find out if it's being replaced by water from then travelling forward. Just a matter of funding, further research is always needed.

Anyway, whatever the cause of time travelling ice the list of warble gloaming dates for our diaries can be updated to read:

So, er, do I need sunblock and my bathers for the rest of winter or what?
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