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[Merged] Arctic ice melting at 'amazing' speed,

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#16    Br Cornelius

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 12:05 PM

When you actually look at the reality of the antarctic you will realise that the fact that sea ice is marginally increasing overall is relatively insignificant.
The Antarctic is a continent of a size comparable to Europe. It has a highly variable weather system like all continents dependent on a large range of ocean influences.
Some areas of the antarctic have experienced decadal growth rates of 5-6%, whilst other areas have experienced decadal declines of 4-5%. Looking at the overall 1% per decade increase conceals this complexity.
Meanwhile the overall ice mass of the continent is in decline.

This all goes to show that climate change is not all about one sided increases or decreases - its about local prevailing conditions based on complex packages of different factors.

Meanwhile in the arctic the rate of sea ice decline is running at 10x the rate of increase in the antarctic.

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Edited by Br Cornelius, 08 September 2012 - 12:07 PM.

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 10:34 PM

Arctic sea ice is shrinking at a rate much faster than scientists ever predicted
and its collapse, due to global warming, may well cause extreme weather this winter in North America and Europe, according to climate scientists.

Last month, researchers announced that Arctic sea ice had dwindled to the smallest size ever observed by man, covering almost half the area it did 30 years ago, when satellites and submarines first began measuring it.

The loss of Arctic ice has several effects. Ice reflects heat and solar energy back into space. With less ice cover, that heat energy is instead absorbed by the ocean, which warms and melts more ice. Currently, the Arctic region is the fastest-warming region on the planet, and the change in temperature will probably influence weather patterns here and in Europe, according to Francis.
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Posted 14 September 2012 - 06:06 AM

View PostBr Cornelius, on 07 September 2012 - 04:48 PM, said:

You do realize that there are no penguins in the Arctic.

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