Polar Ice Likely to Disappear This Summer

Discussion in 'Environmental' started by xcel, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. nice info!
    Why isn't this information being covered by anyone in the media??

    I know why. Oh well never mind.
     
  2. A024523

    A024523 Currently in Training

    There is enough climate variation from year-to-year to make it hard to draw conclusions from comparing just 2 years. I would be more interested in seeing data going back a few dozen years at least, in order to chart the rolling 3-year average, and see what that trend looks like. However, I can't find the historical data.
     
  3. worthywads

    worthywads Don't Feel Like Satan, I am to AAA

    I just noticed the first graph I linked is interactive, changing as it is updated. We'll see it change as the ice continues to melt.:)
     
  4. worthywads

    worthywads Don't Feel Like Satan, I am to AAA

    Thought I'd update this old post for a peak at what artic sea ice has been up too. Looks like quite a recovery from 2007 and could shortly exceed the 1979-2000 average.

    Sounds like good news for the Polar bears.


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  5. Scandinavian Gigolo

    Scandinavian Gigolo Active Member

    If you go to the page hosting that graphic and scroll through all the graphics, you'll find the bottom one describes the additional coverage as 'young and thin.' Even with a very regular summer, we could still see a record minimum reached this year. I expect that we'll see a shortening cycle between record minimums, soon becoming an annual event.
     
  6. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    My understanding is global temperatures, which fluctuate from year to year, have been on the cool side of the cycle for the last couple of years. So maybe not a surprise that things look Ok for the bears this year. The bigger concern is where the long term trend is heading.
     
  7. worthywads

    worthywads Don't Feel Like Satan, I am to AAA

    Bump

    More good news for the polar bears, unless something sudden happens the arctic sea ice level will hit the 1979-2000 average any day.

    See interactive graph above.
     
  8. booferama

    booferama He who posts articles

    Actually, still bad news for polar bears:

    And:

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    Also, interesting graph with a clear downward trend here.
     
  9. bestmapman

    bestmapman Fighting untruth and misinformation

    So there are two different interpetations of the data. I wonder which one has the ajenda that clouds their objectivity.
     
  10. booferama

    booferama He who posts articles

    Actually, the graphs come from the same location (the first link in my previous post).
     
  11. booferama

    booferama He who posts articles

    Also, to clarify: these are not two different interpretations of the data. The graph ww points to covers the short-term average--what usually happens between Dec. and Apr., what happened in 2006-7, and what's happening right now. The other graphs cover what's happened over the course of every month since 1979.
     

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