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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The thickest, oldest and toughest sea ice around the North Pole is melting, a bad sign for the future of the Arctic ice cap, NASA satellite data showed on Tuesday.
"Thickness is an indicator of long-term health of sea ice, and that's not looking good at the moment," Walt Meier of the National Snow and Ice Data Center told reporters in a telephone briefing.
"It's like looking at a Hollywood set," Meier said of an Arctic largely covered with younger ice. "It may look OK but if you could see behind you'd see ... it's just empty. And what we're seeing with the ice cover is it's becoming more and more empty underneath the ice cover."
Originally posted by rizla
It occurred to me that the Earth is heating up 'cos we are spewing crap into the air and cutting down all the trees.
I mean, do we know what effects that will have on the bodies that pass through life? Have we looked at pasta strata to see if there's any clue? Are some people not seeing the obvious? See my sig.
[edit on 18-3-2008 by rizla]
Originally posted by Cyberbian
Since humanity is disinclined to do anything other than ravage the earth. It does not matter why the earth is warming. It only matters that it is warming.
If our leaders were to decide that the earth was warming because of us. Then they can only be expected to react the only sane and predictable way possible. Kill the rest of us off.
Let us pray that they are as stupid as we believe they are, and are not as disdaneful of the rest of us as we know they are.
Originally posted by hinky
The age old argument really does still apply. If mankind changes the climate, why did the earth have so radical changes in the past before mankind had the capability to do so. CO2 levels have been tremendously higher than they are now, average temps have been hotter and colder; all without man's help.
Originally posted by Indy
Also keep an eye on the southern hemisphere. Sea ice remained very healthy even through their summer months. Sea ice there looks to be quite a bit above normal.
Unless solar activity rebounds and global temperatures recover we may see the same thing happen to the northern hemisphere this summer.
Originally posted by Indy
Polar ice looks good as well. Looking at this map the polar ice looks healthier than it did in 1980 with much better coverage at the pole.
Well... According to some, the CO2 levels haven't been this high for 650,000 years... Who to believe, who to believe...?