Arctic Continues To Warm Up At Astonishing Rates

Posted: Dec 14 2016, 3:10am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Arctic Continues to Warm Up at Astonishing Rates
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  • Arctic is undergoing Meltdown at a Brisk Pace
 

Researchers are saying that the Arctic is undergoing meltdown at a brisk pace. This is cause for alarm.

The experts issued what was an Arctic Report Card of sorts recently. It was depressing to say the least. The rate of warming up of this region is phenomenal. The findings were presented at the AGU’s fall meeting which was held in San Francisco.

The Arctic seems to be melting at a rate that is twice as fast as the rest of the earth. This was stated by a scientist from the NOAA who was a part of the research group. 

The real reason behind this warming effect is a feedback loop that is particularly connected to the Arctic’s weather trends. The region is cold because the snow and ice reflect the sunlight back into the atmosphere.

However, higher temperatures are melting most of that snow and ice. This melted snow allows the darker background to absorb much of the heat coming in from the sun.

This of course causes the temperatures to soar into the stratosphere. The situation is getting more and more extreme as time progresses. Not only is the Arctic getting warmer but its sea ice is declining. This is especially so during the summer season. 

The winter temperatures are thus a whole different story for the year 2016. Fairbanks, Alaska had its temperatures hit lows of minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter in the past.

Now its been awhile since the temperatures hit such an all-time low. This shows that warming is very real indeed. The higher rates of meltdown during the spring season are unprecedented.

The very physics of the Arctic region has been altered so that it has become prone to melting once the sunlight enters the equation. This is sad since we are playing with trends that Mother Nature set very carefully in her age-old wisdom.   

Another problem is that the polar region does not show as much elasticity regarding warming as other places. It incurs massive damage due to being exposed to sunlight.

All it takes is a degree or two to change the region from a frozen world to an unfrozen one. The latter is very different from the former. So, while in other places, this may not make such a difference, in the Arctic, it definitely does.

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