“Arctic Sea Ice Gone in Summer Within Five Years? ” Well? Where is it?!
An article written by the National Geographic back on December 12th, 2007 stated this;
“An already relentless melting of the Arctic greatly accelerated this summer—a sign that some scientists worry could mean global warminghas passed an ominous tipping point.
One scientist even speculated that summer sea ice could be gone in five years.”
As usual, fear mongering at it’s best by the media claiming that the Arctic Sea Ice could be gone by Summer 2012. But what really is happening, and let’s take a look at some facts.
Current Sea Ice Cover;
In fact, that is far from being ice free, plenty of Sea Ice and snow is still present up in the arctic. In fact, stated by Icecap.us;
“The heaviest polar ice in more than a decade could postpone the start of offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean until the beginning of August, a delay of up to two weeks, Shell Alaska officials said.”
They are stating that Alaska and the North Pole has seen the highest amount of sea ice in one decade, how about that, and It may even delay the annual oil drilling until August. Also Icecap.us also stated;
“The summer ice melt in the Arctic has often reached record levels in recent years in what many scientists believe is a sign of climate change. But this year a high pressure zone over the coast of Alaska, low winter temperatures and certain ocean currents have combined to bring unusually large amounts of ice not only to Alaska’s northern coast, but farther south in the Bering Sea as well, National Weather Service officials said. “
While the sea has been below average lately , one thing we can claim is that the media and National Geographic were wrong, dead wrong about the arctic being ice free, when in fact we are at a 10 year high.
The last year over the northern hemisphere, mainly across Canada, Alaska, North Pole and Europe much colder conditions due to a strong La nina, and with blocking highs all winter, prevented any push south into the United States, this kick started the ice extent over the winter.