August 3, 2009

"Extreme meltdown" maybe next year...

Anthony Watts quotes a news article, "Ice pockets choking Northern Passage" :

...Ice pockets choking Northern Passage: officials By Randy Boswell, Canwest News ServiceAugust 1, 2009


Despite predictions from a top U.S. polar institute that the Arctic Ocean's overall ice cover is headed for another "extreme" meltdown by mid-September, the Environment Canada agency monitoring our northern waters says an unusual combination of factors is making navigation more difficult in the Northwest Passage this year after two straight summers of virtually clear sailing.


"In the southern route," Canadian Ice Service officials told Canwest News Service, the agency "has observed more ice coverage than normal. This is partly due to the fact that the ice in the Amundsen Gulf consolidated this past winter, which is something it didn't do in 2007 and 2008."

The result, the agency said, is that ice conditions "are delaying any potential navigability of the Northwest Passage this year. This is opposite to what Environment Canada observed in the last week of July in 2007 and 2008."...

Funny how many stories like this one encounters nowadays. Mostly not in the news of course, but passed around the Interweb... It may be time for a massive governmental and international effort to avert global cooling! Capitalism and individualism have had their day, but when the fate of the planet is at stake, then they are luxuries which must be put aside. Power must shift to those who put the planet first, instead of corporate greed!

Hey, maybe I could make a big thing of this, and cash in like Al Gore!

Posted by John Weidner at August 3, 2009 4:49 PM
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