Saturday, October 18, 2008

Yes, It's Getting Hotter

Funny, this comes not from CBC, but from the Western Australian newspaper website:
Autumn temperatures in the Arctic are at record levels, the Arctic
Ocean is getting warmer and less salty as sea ice melts, and reindeer
herds appear to be declining, researchers have claimed.
(...)autumn air temperatures in the Arctic are at a record five degrees Celsius above normal.
(...)The study also noted a warming trend on Arctic land and an increase in
greenness as shrubs move north into areas that were formerly permafrost.
Other findings from the report included that the Arctic Ocean continued to warm and freshen due to ice melt. This was accompanied by an “unprecedented” rate of sea level rise of nearly 0.1 inch (0.254 centimetre) per year.
The report also found that warming had continued around Greenland in 2007 resulting in a record amount of ice melt.

The Greenland ice sheet lost 101 cubic kilometres of ice, making it the largest single contributor to global sea level rise.

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