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Arctic ice cap melting ahead of schedule

Posted by ecoshift on May 1, 2007

To paraphrase Lily Tomlin: “No matter how pessimistic you get it’s never enough to keep up.”

According to this Reuters report the Arctic ice cap is melting ahead of forecast:

The Arctic ice cap is melting much faster than expected and is now about 30 years ahead of predictions made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a U.S. ice expert said on Tuesday.This means the ocean at the top of the world could be free or nearly free of summer ice by 2020, three decades sooner than the global panel’s gloomiest forecast of 2050.

“Long-term and for the next 50 years, I think even the new report will agree that we’re in for quite a bit of warming,” Scambos said.

“We just barely now, I think, have enough time and enough collective will to be able to get through this century in good shape, but it means we have to start acting now and in a big way.”

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