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The image that will stop climate change denial in its tracks

This one image shows just how much ice has melted in the last 15 years.

The image that will stop climate change denial in its tracks

Climate change skeptics are about to change their tune.

National Geographic have just released a set of atlas images that show exactly how much ice has actually melted in the Arctic since 1995, and the results are shocking.

President Barack Obama described the serious transformation as the “biggest change in its atlas since the Soviet Union broke apart.”

Over the course of 15 years, “one of the most striking changes in the publications history” has occurred, according to National Geographic’s Christine Dell’Amore.

Since the latest edition, released in September 2014, the ice has continued to melt, according to National Geographic Geographer Juan José Valdés.

“The end of Arctic summer is still several weeks away, and it’s still too early to say if another record will be broken. But one need only look at the maps derived from satellite imagery to see the impact of global warming,” he says.

Over the last four decades, the region has shown a retreat rate of 12% per decade, with an acceleration seen after 2007 which coincided with never-before-seen global emissions of greenhouse gases.

Whilst experts attest to the fact that natural processes have definitely played a role in the decline of Arctic Ice coverage, they are not conclusive enough to explain the drastic increase since 1999.

“Cycles of natural variability such as the Arctic Oscillation are known to play a role in Arctic sea ice extent, but the sharp decline be explained by natural variability alone,” according to NASA’s Earth Observatory. “Natural variability and rising global temperatures have worked together to melt greater amounts of Arctic sea ice. Some modelers have forecast an ice-free Arctic for at least part of the year before the end of the 21st century.”

[caption id="attachment_838090" align="alignnone" width="800"]Image: National Geographic Image: National Geographic[/caption]
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One Comment on The image that will stop climate change denial in its tracks


  • Roger
    August 21, 2015 5:37 pm

    “Perhaps the most significant factor to consider is the following report (excerpted) from the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) American consul at Norway, George Ifft:

    The Arctic seems to be warming up. Reports from fishermen, seal hunters, and explorers who sail the seas about Spitzbergen [an island 12 degrees south of the North Pole – ed.] and the eastern Arctic, all point to a radical change in climatic conditions, and hitherto unheard-of high temperatures. In fact, so little ice has never before been noted. The warmth of the waters makes it probable that the favorable ice conditions will continue for some time.

    Many old landmarks are so changed as to be unrecognizable. Where formerly great masses of ice were found, there are now often accumulations of earth and stones. At many points where glaciers formerly extended far into the sea they have entirely disappeared. The change in temperature has also brought about great change in the flora and fauna of the Arctic. There were few [white fish and] seal in Spitzbergen waters this year, and last winter the ocean did not freeze over even on the north coast. With the disappearance of white fish and seal has come other life in these waters. This year herring in great shoals were found along the west coast. Shoals of smelt were also met with.

    Ifft’s report appeared in NOAA’s Monthly Weather Review of November 1922”

    In other words your article is drivel with no mitigating valid scientific basis.
    I couldn’t even see who supplied the maps of the ice that you flaunt with your doubtful confidence.
    Furthermore you have made no effort to connect the state of the Arctic with human CO2 production therefore making the whole article pointless.

    Of course you cannot even link any decline of Arctic ice to global warming because there has been none for almost 20 years.

    Of course there are no scientific links so perhaps you were sensible there.

    So who are you trying to scare with this article? Old ladies? children? the feeble minded?

    Cheers

    Roger

    I will also be posting this article on my website at http://www.globalwarmingsupporter.wordpress.com where it will be treated as it deserves.

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