Here’s one of the most important stories of our time, but perhaps you shouldn’t read it
If this upsets you, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Here’s the deal:
The melting of arctic sea ice is happening much faster than previously suspected. The term “death spiral” has been applied to the situation.
Why should you care? HERE‘s why:
This should be the story of the day, week, month, year, and decade. As NERC [the Natural Environmental Research Council] notes, sea ice volume is “a much more accurate indicator of the changes taking place in the Arctic.”
Many experts now say that if recent volume trends continue we will see a “near ice-free Arctic in summer” within a decade. And that may well usher in a permanent change toward extreme, prolonged weather events “Such As Drought, Flooding, Cold Spells and Heat Waves.”
It will also accelerate global warming in the region, which in turn will likely accelerate both the disintegration of the Greenland ice sheet and the release of the vast amounts of carbon currently locked in the permafrost.
It is almost certainly too late to save the Arctic’s summer sea ice from near-total destruction. Let’s hope the same isn’t true for the biosphere. The time to act is now if we don’t want to betray our children and future generations.