Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Say Goodbye to That Polar Ice

More bad news if you are a polar bear....or perhaps a human who depends on a relatively stable climate:

The average sea ice extent for the entire month of September this year was 5.9 million sq km (2.3 million sq miles). Including 2006, the September rate of sea ice decline is now approximately -8.59% per decade, or 60,421 sq km (23,328 sq miles) per year. At that rate, without the acceleration seen in the new modelling, the Arctic Ocean would have no ice in September by the year 2060.


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