Friday, June 27, 2008

Need Ice for your Labor Day BBQ? Then Avoid the North Pole

"The North Pole may be briefly ice-free by September as global warming melts away Arctic sea ice, according to scientists from the National Snow and Ice Data Center." (cnn) While it's not guaranteed to happen, it is a 50-50 shot, they say. Originally these same scientists, as recently as 5 years ago, were saying it would happen anywhere between 2050 to 2100. Then they revised those estimates to 2030. Now... well... now? Scary.
"From the viewpoint of the science, the North Pole is just another point in the globe, but it does have this symbolic meaning," Serreze said. "There's supposed to be ice at the North Pole. The fact that we may not have any by the end of this summer could be quite a symbolic change."
"If we had a few cold years in a row, we could put sort of a temporary damper on it, but I think at this point going to an ice-free Arctic Ocean is inevitable," he said. "I don't think we can stop that now."

I have just one question at this time, although I reserve my right to ask more in the future, do Santa and his reindeer float?

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