A few years ago, Mark Serreze announced that the death spiral Arctic is screaming and had become as “ice island.”
The North Pole becomes an ‘island’ for the first time in history as ice melts
By FIONA MACRAE
UPDATED: 18:32 EST, 1 September 2008
The North Pole has become an island for the first time in human history.
Startling satellite pictures taken three days ago show that melting ice has opened up the fabled North-West and North-East Passages – making it possible to sail around the Arctic ice cap.
The opening of the passages has been eagerly awaited by shipping companies which hope they will be able to cut thousands of miles off their routes.
But to climate change scientists it is yet another sign of the damage global warming is inflicting on the planet.
Mark Serreze, a sea ice specialist, described the images as an ‘historic event’ – but warned they added to fears that the Arctic icecap has entered a ‘death spiral’.
The pictures, produced by Nasa, mark the first time in at least 125,000 years that the two shortcuts linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans have been ice-free at the same time.
Amazing. Walt Meier from NSIDC/NASA said that the Arctic was ice free sometime in the last 7,000 years.
Sow how is Serreze’ screaming death spiral looking today? Both passages are closed.