Arctic Ice Update

August 15, 2008

I’ve been periodically checking the National Snow and Ice Data Center (the leading data center on Arctic sea ice), to see how much sea ice there is left this summer. So far, I’ve been thankful that August didn’t seem to be going as badly as last year, but that’s just changed.

Today, I heard that storms in the high Canadian Arctic have meant that ice is melting much faster again, and that it is now a neck-and-neck race between 2007 and 2008 to the bottom of the chart.

2005 was a record low. Then 2007 was a record low. Let’s hope that 2008 breaks that trend.

Once the sea ice is gone, we’ve passed the first major climate tipping point – this is massively dangerous stuff.

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