Arctic Sea ice – 2012

2012 could be a record year for the extent of Arctic sea ice at its yearly summer minimum.

Walt Meier, a research scientist at the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center, said that with recent satellite observations, “It definitely portends a low-ice year, whether it means it will go below 2007 (the record minimum in September), it is too early to tell,” reported LiveScience.

As sea ice declines in the Arctic, countries are anticipating a competition for control of shipping lanes and mineral extraction in the region.

In Antarctica, research from the United States’ Palmer Station on the Antarctic Peninsula has found that “87 percent of the peninsula’s land-bound glaciers are in retreat,” reported OurAmazingPlanet.

Decreasing sea ice levels were also addressed in a recent spoof of Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic this summer.

Huffington Post, 11 Aug 2012 – What Climate Change Just Might Ruin

see also – Arctic sea ice