White House 2B Warned Of Earth’s Disappearing Heat Shield

Senior officials from NASA, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security and the Pentagon are to be briefed at the White House soon on the danger of a summer ice-free Arctic by 2015. This indicates that they are increasingly concerned about the international and domestic security implications of climate change. Senior scientific advisers at the meeting include 10 Arctic specialists, including University of Western Australia marine scientist Carlos Duarte. Earlier, Duarte warned that the Arctic summer sea ice was melting at a rate far faster than previously predicted, and could disappear by  2015 . He said: “The Arctic situation is snowballing” noting that the melting caused by global warming would, in turn, create conditions causing further, faster melting, adding, “This situation has the momentum of a runaway train.” Duarte co-authored a paper recently in Nature Climate Change documenting how “tipping elements” in the Arctic ecosystems leading to “abrupt changes” that would dramatically impact “the global earth system” had “already started up”. They concluded: “We are facing the first clear evidence of dangerous climate change.” New research suggests that Arctic summer sea ice loss is linked to extreme weather.

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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1 Response to White House 2B Warned Of Earth’s Disappearing Heat Shield

  1. I hope that by the time we finally wake up… it won’t be too late!

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