Skip to comments.'Ice Wars' heating up the Arctic
Posted on 07/17/2011 9:44:23 PM PDT by smokingfrog
On a small, floating piece of ice in the Beaufort Sea, several hundred miles north of Alaska, a group of scientists are documenting what some dub an "Arctic meltdown."
According to climate scientists, the warming of the region is shrinking the polar ice cap at an alarming rate, reducing the permafrost layer and wreaking havoc on polar bears, arctic foxes and other indigenous wildlife in the region.
What is bad for the animals, though, has been good for commerce.
The recession of the sea ice and the reduction in permafrost -- combined with advances in technology -- have allowed access to oil, mineral and natural gas deposits that were previously trapped in the ice.
The abundance of these valuable resources and the opportunity to exploit them has created a gold rush-like scramble in the high north, with fierce competition to determine which countries have the right to access the riches of the Arctic.
This competition has brought in its wake a host of naval and military activities that the Arctic hasn't seen since the end of the Cold War.
Now, one of the coldest places on Earth is heating up as nuclear submarines, Aegis-class frigates, strategic bombers and a new generation of icebreakers are resuming operations there.
(Excerpt) Read more at edition.cnn.com ...
If it’s not above 32F, I fail to see how enough ice is melting to cause a problem.
“According to climate scientists, the warming of the region is shrinking the polar ice cap at an alarming rate, reducing the permafrost layer and wreaking havoc on polar bears, arctic foxes and other indigenous wildlife in the region.”
Haven’t they been saying this every year
for the past 20 YEARS!!!
They’ve had ice free years in the Arctic Ocean in the 1930’s and 1940’s. It’s dishonest to pretend that that hasn’t happened or that it would be a disaster if it happened again.
“...scientists are documenting what some dub an “Arctic meltdown.”
Arctic meltdown? All the global warming “scientist” liars going bipolar nuts and freaking out up there?
One of these countries we are teamed with seems like trouble. I hope the competent and dynamic Sec of State is staying on top of this.
I know there are Arctic species, but IF it were warming isn’t it obvious more species would benefit?
You have to read between the lines, the article also mentions advances in technology, that’s the real reason for the increased exploration and development, not climate change.
Greenland is still a quasi-part of Denmark with a kind of “commonwealth” status that gives Denmark control over foreign affairs, security, and finances.
- According to climate scientists, the warming of the region
They went from “global warming” to “warming of the region.”
And now all of a sudden there are “climate scientists” instead of scientists.
Showing only two years is meaningless.
Thanks, I had no idea.
‘79 is as far back as satellite records of Arctic ice go. Since the Greenies claim that the ice has been disappearing these last 32 years, and according to this article it’s disappearing at an “alarming rate” this year, showing that it isn’t seems rather meaningful to me.
“According to climate scientists, the warming of the region is shrinking the polar ice cap at an alarming rate, reducing the permafrost layer and wreaking havoc on polar bears”
The more ice, and the thicker it is, the more the polar bears starve. Their source of food is in the water, below the ice. If they can’t break through the ice, they must trek sometimes hundreds of miles to find food.
So.... the author and the ‘alarmists’, as usual, have everything backwards.
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