September 13th, 2011
By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now
The news this week is really quite bad. I want to look away. But let’s just sample a few items first.
Top of the list — and the planet — the Arctic ice has thinned to a volume more than 60 percent less than what it was in the late 1970s, according to new research from the University of Bremen. Scientists now think that we could be without a Northern ice cap within 30 years, far sooner than predicted by the Interplanetary Climage Change Panel (IPCC).
No ice cap means the Earth will have less reflectivity, meaning it will absorb more heat into the oceans, meaning it will be hotter.