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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Arctic Report Card: Region Continues to Warm at Unprecedented Rate


The Arctic region, also called the "planet's refrigerator," continues to heat up, affecting local populations and ecosystems as well as weather patterns in the most populated parts of the Northern Hemisphere, according to a team of 69 international scientists.

The findings were released Oct. 21, 2010 in the Arctic Report Card, a yearly assessment of Arctic conditions.
Among the 2010 highlights:
Greenland is experiencing record-setting high temperatures, ice melt and glacier area loss;
Summer sea ice continues to decline -- the 2009-2010 summer sea ice cover extent was the third lowest since satellite monitoring began in 1979, and sea ice thickness continues to thin. The 2010 minimum is the third lowest recorded since 1979, surpassed only by 2008 and the record low of 2007; and
Arctic snow cover duration was at a record minimum since record-keeping began in 1966.
There is also evidence that the effect of higher air temperatures in the Arctic atmosphere in fall is contributing to changes in the atmospheric circulation in both the Arctic and northern mid-latitudes. Winter 2009-2010 showed a link between mid-latitude extreme cold and snowy weather events and changes in the wind patterns of the Arctic, related to a phase of the Arctic Oscillation.
"To quote one of my NOAA colleagues, 'whatever is going to happen in the rest of the world happens first, and to the greatest extent, in the Arctic,'" said Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D, under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. "Beyond affecting the humans and wildlife that call the area home, the Arctic's warmer temperatures and decreases in permafrost, snow cover, glaciers and sea ice also have wide-ranging consequences for the physical and biological systems in other parts of the world. The Arctic is an important driver of climate and weather around the world and serves as a critical feeding and breeding ground that supports globally significant populations of birds, mammals and fish."
In 2006, NOAA's Climate Program Office introduced the annual Arctic Report Card, which established a baseline of conditions at the beginning of the 21st century to monitor the quickly changing conditions in the Arctic. Using a color-coded system of "red" to indicate consistent evidence of warming and "yellow" to show that warming impacts are occurring in many climate indicators and species, the Report Card is updated annually in October and tracks the Arctic atmosphere, sea ice, biology, ocean, land and changes in Greenland.
The Report Card can be found online at http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/reportcard.

37 comments:

Dbankai said...

Al Gore was right...
Oh well. We're fucked.

Mr. McKraken said...

Scary stuff. The end is nigh.

dzikrk said...

Brrr coldy :P

razortek said...

let's throw ice on it!

mrmobilegamer said...

Whats going to happen to the penguins :(

HondaX said...

interesting post...a little worried

MoneyNaoPlz said...

meh, just let it melt...

lol reviewer said...

i think nobody cares among them, who can do something for this. so we can only watch

SituationAbs said...

Global warming :|

Astra said...

global warming is terrible

The Lazy Geographer said...

Ha, ad for ice vending machines for this story. I should get one and run it. That'll stop climate change!

Come At Me Bro said...

This is great!

The Illest said...

Awesome, keep it up!

kokiloten said...

what do :(

ImmaFrog said...

I agree entirely.

Ishu said...

OMG...what will happen? But they say it is not our fault, that this is something the earth goes trhough

Random said...

Good post

SeoulTrance said...

this is such bad news, kind of freaks me out

Mr.Guide said...

Didnt espect this...
Good thing I dont write this on my blog to make people wonder stuff like this ;)

Ben Dover said...

I don't like snow anyways, so I think I'll like this :D

Matte said...

Nice read i enjoied it! keep oing like that!

ModerneFusion said...

Al Gore was definitely Serial.

GlassJoe360 said...

With everything we've done to our environment, I can't say I'm surprised :/

Jackie said...

Awesome, keep it up !

SC2 Strats said...

uh oh, doesn't sound good.

Touch and Feel said...

This is so sad and unfortunate...to think Conservatives still doubt its authenticity.

SMOKEDANKALLDAY said...

Super serial this time, we need to switch to hemp/grain based fuels and end the madness!

Jakeman-Jensen said...

WHERE'S AL GORE WHEN WE NEEDS HIMS?!?!?!?!

MTL beer said...

Welp, we are screwed.

aZZo said...

global warming is bullshit

Longkid said...

Well that sounds scary

RXD Gaming said...

Something needs to be done about this before its too late.

iRetiv said...

Its looking bad man..

Gansita said...

heheh bad for those who like cold ^_^

Crammarc said...

so true

Darko said...

lol

Dan said...

Ugh, I wish we could just all switch over to the sun's powerful energy!

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