Rapid Arctic Melting May Point To Permanent Damage

December 17, 2008

US (ChattahBox) – As the Arctic continues to warm and melt at a faster rate then anywhere else on Earth, researchers are beginning to fear that damage already being caused by Global Warming may be too late to reverse.

Due to ice that melted during the summer, a phenomenon known as Arctic amplification has caused autumn temperatures to rise around 7 degrees Celsius higher then average. While it may seem like a small amount, it is causing scientists the region to become concerned that it will only continue, and that the chances of recovering from climate change may be impossible.

“The warming climate is leading to more open water in the Arctic Ocean,” explained Julienne Stroeve, researcher at the US National Snow and Ice Data Center. “As these open water areas develop through spring and summer, they absorb most of the sun’s energy, leading to ocean warming.
“In the autumn, as the sun sets in the Arctic, most of the heat that is gained in the ocean during summer is released back into the atmosphere. It is this heat-release back to the atmosphere that gives us Arctic amplification.”
Summers without ice that have been predicted to occur in the next 70 years may actually occur in less then 20, causing people to wonder what we can do to prepare for further environmental crisis.


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