Friday, August 29, 2008

Climate change: melting

More bad news from the Arctic:

Arctic sea ice has shrunk to the second smallest extent since satellite records began, US scientists have revealed.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) says that the ice-covered area has fallen below its 2005 level, which was the second lowest on record.

Melting has occurred earlier in the year than usual, meaning that the iced area could become even smaller than last September, the lowest recorded.

They're talking about a tipping point, and the Arctic being ice-free in summer within five years. This is seriously scary stuff.

If you want to track this, then NSIDC has geekery here.