Friday, March 06, 2009

Faster And Faster
Scientists are moving the date arctic sea ice will be gone up. Just two years ago the consensus was arctic sea ice would last until 2050. Last year the consensus was 2030. Now...

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Arctic is warming up so quickly that the region's sea ice cover in summer could vanish as early as 2013, decades earlier than some had predicted, a leading polar expert said on Thursday.

Warwick Vincent, director of the Center for Northern Studies at Laval University in Quebec, said recent data on the ice cover "appear to be tracking the most pessimistic of the models", which call for an ice free summer in 2013.

The year "2013 is starting to look as though it is a lot more reasonable as a prediction. But each year we've been wrong -- each year we're finding that it's a little bit faster than expected," he told Reuters.

It is going to be an interesting couple of decades.

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