Arctic Ice-Free Since 2012

Tremendous cold made the Arctic ice-free last year.

We can see the frightening effects of the Arctic’s rising temperatures in the quick and devastating melt of the region’s sea ice. In 2008, Arctic summer sea ice reached the second-lowest extent recorded since the dawn of the satellite era — and winter sea ice reached its lowest recorded extent in 2011. Now climate scientists say the Arctic could be completely ice free in the summer by 2012.

With its unforgiving winds, tremendous cold, winters that never see the sun, and summers that never see the end of it, the Arctic seems like a hard place to eke out a living. Yet it’s home to highly specialized species that have evolved to make the most of their harsh environment, including its vast expanses of sea ice. Without enough sea ice, the entire Arctic ecosystem will unravel and its species will die.


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4 Responses to Arctic Ice-Free Since 2012

  1. tckev says:

    Under this nasty website at Home > Action > Toolbox > Take-Action Toolbox: Curb Overpopulation
    they tell me

    By any ecological measure, Homo sapiens sapiens (sic)has exceeded its sustainable population size. We use 50 percent of all freshwater, we’ve transformed 50 percent of all land, and we’ve changed the chemical composition of the whole biosphere and all the world’s seas, bringing on global warming and ocean acidification. As a result, other species are running out of habitat and struggling to survive — or not surviving at all. As the human population grows beyond 7 billion, three species go extinct every hour.”
    Nice to see they are an emotion based site – few fact, lots of guilt.

    • Shame these people don’t set an example and stop breeding themselves. Having fewer dumb people sharing the gene pool can only be a good thing.

    • higley7 says:

      My favorite of their claims is their extinction predictions based on a computer program in which they predict the number of unidentified species that will go extinct before we identify them. Wait, what? It’s probably a very short program: Plug in any number you want (here) and Print as a percent/year (there). Pure fantasy results! Nothing like it.

  2. bubbagyro says:

    By their own educational lore and indoctrination from birth, these people were supposed to learn that species extinction is a good thing—called macroevolution, survival of the fittest, etc., that provides only opportunity, Each extinction opens an ecological niche for a “fittest” species to “fit in”. What’s up with that?

    And what’s up with the fact that niches have always been full, no matter what the climate?

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