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Thursday, October 15, 2009

arctic cap--gone in 20-30 yrs....gessh!

I was checking my emails this rainy morning, when I stumbled upon this article from the abs-cbn website:http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/world/10/14/09/arctic-ice-cap-disappear-20-30-years-study

Several parts of the article frightened me:

The Arctic ice cap will disappear completely in summer months within 20 to 30 years, a polar research team said as they presented findings from an expedition led by adventurer Pen Hadow.

It is likely to be largely ice-free during the warmer months within a decade, the experts added."The summer ice cover will completely vanish in 20 to 30 years but in less than that it will have considerably retreated," said Professor Peter Wadhams, head of the polar ocean physics group at Britain's prestigious Cambridge University.

"In about 10 years, the Arctic ice will be considered as open sea."

"It's a concrete example of global change in action."With a larger part of the region now in first year ice, it is clearly more vulnerable. The area is now more likely to become open water each summer, bringing forward the potential date when the summer sea ice will be completely gone."

"Remove the Arctic ice cap and we are left with a very different and much warmer world," he said.Loss of sea ice cover will "set in motion powerful climate feedbacks which will have an impact far beyond the Arctic itself," he added."This could lead to flooding affecting one quarter of the world's population, substantial increases in greenhouse gas emission from massive carbon pools and extreme global weather changes."

"Today's findings provide yet another urgent call for action to world leaders ahead of the United Nations climate summit in Copenhagen in December to rapidly and effectively curb global greenhouse gas emissions."


These information have hounded us for years, yet we never take action, we never believe. The wrath of Ondoy has alarmed us that indeed these issues regarding climate change could indeed be true. Are we still going to wait for that 20 years to come when what we have left of the Arctic cap is just a sea of water?I have a little daughter and I fear her future.

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