Climate Emergency: Arctic Sea Ice Bombshell

arctic sea ice decreased by 80%*

As Joe Romm at ThinkProgress points out, this should be the story of the week/year/decade:

Now the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the UK’s primary agency for funding and managing environmental sciences research, has made it official. In a Wednesday press release, they report:

Arctic sea ice volume has declined by 36 per cent in the autumn and 9 per cent in the winter between 2003 and 2012, a UK-led team of scientists has discovered….

The findings confirm the continuing decline in Arctic sea-ice volume simulated by the Pan-Arctic Ice-Ocean Modelling & Assimilation System (PIOMAS), which estimates the volume of Arctic sea ice and had been checked using earlier submarine, mooring, and satellite observations until 2008.  

Read full article on ThinkProgress.

Now is it time to take action on climate change, Prime Minister Harper?


2 thoughts on “Climate Emergency: Arctic Sea Ice Bombshell”

  1. Unfortunately, Christine, climate change is treated as political leprosy by every major party in Parliament. They’re all fixated on ruling (“governing” isn’t appropriate) as though it was still the 80s. Jobs, jobs, jobs and the ‘economy’ as though we can have a good economy without a healthy environment to support it. In a sane world the Liberal leadership candidates should have focused on climate change, especially given that Obama has opened the door on that subject, but did they?

    Harper blocks action wherever he thinks he can’t be caught out. The Libs are essentially useless and Mulcair has a terminal case of foot in mouth disease.

  2. Everything you say is true, but it’s also true that things can – and are – changing. We’re in a one-room school house where the kindergartners are in charge, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t wiser and more mature “students” around. It may be the case that these wiser voices will prevail.
    As Wayne Dyer says, “I’m realistic – I believe in miracles.” I throw my lot in with him, while at the same time doing what I can to promote change locally and beyond. What’s that old saying, “expect the best but prepare for the worst?”


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