Arctic Expert Predicts Final Collapse of Sea Ice Within Four Years
Wadhams has spent many years collecting ice thickness data from submarines passing below the arctic ocean. He predicted the imminent break-up of sea ice in summer months in 2007, when the previous lowest extent of 4.17 million square kilometres was set. This year, it has unexpectedly plunged a further 500,000 sq km to less than 3.5m sq km. “I have been predicting [the collapse of sea ice in summer months] for many years. The main cause is simply global warming: as the climate has warmed there has been less ice growth during the winter and more ice melt during the summer.
“This collapse, I predicted would occur in 2015-16 at which time the summer Arctic (August to September) would become ice-free. The final collapse towards that state is now happening and will probably be complete by those dates”.
As brain-melting irony would have it, this news will have the very fossil fuel fools who got us into this mess claiming victory because yay, ice gone, now they can drill baby drill in the Arctic:
Wadhams says the implications are “terrible”. “The positives are increased possibility of Arctic transport, increased access to Arctic offshore oil and gas resources. The main negative is an acceleration of global warming.
But not so fast, fossil fools - with Arctic ice gone, that region becomes much stormier as well, which doesn’t bode well for your drilling rigs. Plus:
“As the sea ice retreats in summer the ocean warms up (to 7C in 2011) and this warms the seabed too. The continental shelves of the Arctic are composed of offshore permafrost, frozen sediment left over from the last ice age. As the water warms the permafrost melts and releases huge quantities of trapped methane, a very powerful greenhouse gas so this will give a big boost to global warming.”
I should hope it goes without saying at this point that, as the human race bumbles toward oblivion, the last thing we need are the fossil fools and their GOP enablers in charge, pretty much doing this to our future.