Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Arctic Problems Continue to the Surprise of Few Scientists

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An article in today's New York Times, titled "Scientists Warn of a 'Rapid Unraveling' of the Arctic," explores some of the impacts of climate change in the northern reaches of our planet. The evidence is overwhelming that major changes are underway. Some of the key points are the decline in important Arctic species, a major decline in the extent of sea ice, a decrease in persistent sea ice (old ice), changing weather patterns, and expansion of algae from south to north.

While it is great that this information is getting much needed attention, all of this was predicted years ago in the academic literature. Numerous newspaper articles over the last several years documented the predictions and many reported on the changes that incrementally occurred. 

While some nations and organizations have been serious about climate change, others are not. For example, the U.S. at the U.N. climate talks in Poland this month tried to promote the use of fossil fuels to the laughter of the audience.

Thus, until large nations develop serious climate change policy, we will not see any lessening of the accelerated changes we are experiencing across the planet. 

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