NASA Accepts Melting Ice In Arctic As The New Normal

Posted: Aug 24 2016, 7:18am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


NASA Accepts Melting Ice in Arctic as the New Normal
Arctic sea ice has varied terrain in the summer months, as ridges and melt ponds form and floes break apart. A new NASA satellite called ICESat-2, launching in 2018, will measure the height of sea ice year-round. Credits: NASA/Kate Ramsayer
  • NASA Says Arctic Melting Ice is the New Normal

NASA has supposedly affirmed that melting ice in the Arctic region is the novel norm.

The Arctic ice is melting at a brisk pace. In 2016 alone, it began at a fast rate and the melting process slowed down by June. Although this summer didn’t set any world records of any kind, humanity will have to get acclimatized to the sort of new norm that has established itself in the Arctic.

Were this sort of activity to have occurred ten years ago, it would have been phenomenal. Yet today it hardly matters due to the global warming that is rising throughout the world. 

Low levels of sea ice have become a novel standard of sorts. Furthermore, there has been no recovery of any kind from this alarming trend. In the long run, this is not a good sign.

“Even when it’s likely that we won’t have a record low, the sea ice is not showing any kind of recovery. It’s still in a continued decline over the long term,” said Walt Meier, a sea ice scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

“It’s just not going to be as extreme as other years because the weather conditions in the Arctic were not as extreme as in other years.”

“A decade ago, this year’s sea ice extent would have set a new record low and by a fair amount. Now, we’re kind of used to these low levels of sea ice – it’s the new normal.”

The Arctic has come into focus as a contributor towards the rise in coastal waters. The ice covering the Barents and Kara Seas, in Northern Russia, started losing form in April. The sun’s rays got to work on the sea ice in the region. 

In May alone the Arctic sea ice reached its lowest levels in over four decades. Now that is a real stunner in terms of change brought about due to mankind’s destructive ways.

In April it was reported that the spring meltdown would come earlier this year. The surprising findings made the experts do a double take and refer to their models which had been rendered defunct and bogus thanks to the new and bitter realities that surrounded the flora and fauna of the earth.

While the sultry and sweltering summer months remain extant, we can expect the sea ice to continue melting no matter what happens. Mankind cannot even slow down this process far less bring it to a halt. 

This year has been quite an example of what happens when you interfere with Mother Nature. Ice loss has accelerated beyond the normal rate. The only solution is to cut down on industrial processes and the release of fossil fuels into the atmosphere.

This is difficult since all the progress made until now would be rewound via this step. It is better to find alternative and safer sources of energy than petroleum, coal and natural gas.

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