New satellite measurements show that crucial sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has plummeted to its second lowest level on record. The National Snow and Ice Data Center announced recently that the extent of sea ice in the Arctic is down to 2.03 million square miles. The lowest point on record is 1.65 million square miles set last September. With the melt season winding down it was believed by some scientists that the record would fall but it missed the mark by a thin margin with the ice covering 1.74 million square miles on September 15th. Arctic ice always melts in summer and refreezes in winter. But over the years, more and more of the ice is lost to the sea and not recovered in winter. That’s significant because the Arctic acts as a refrigerator for the globe. NASA climate researchers confirm that the amount of ice being formed during the winter months in the arctic has declined sharply in the last few years. Sea ice is crucial to worldwide weather patterns.
The amount of Arctic sea ice redirection seen last year is the largest documented in the 27 years satellite data has been available. Hopefully, the next President will recognize the tremendous problems associated with global warming and do something about it. We can’t allow the do-nothing policy of the Bush Administration in this critically important area of concern to be carried forward into the next Administration. All of us should have an interest in saving our world for future generations. The next President will have to bring about a total change in how our government addresses global warming and climate change issues. How any national political leader could deny the existence of global warming and its effect is beyond me.
Source: Associated Press
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