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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Sign Up for Your Arctic Tropical Vacation Home Now

Interesting story in the Times of London yesterday ...

Ice is melting so fast in the Arctic that the North Pole will be in the open sea in 30 years, according to a team of leading climatologists.
Ships will be able to sail over the top of the world and tourists will be able visit what was, until climate change, one of planet’s most inaccessible landscapes. In between 30 and 50 years, scientists concluded, summer sea ice will have vanished from almost the entire Arctic region.

Well, it sounds like we should get out the tanning butter and hop aboard those cruise ships, eh? But what kind of impact will the melting Arctic ice have on our economy ... even our civilization? Because while the Artic melts, the Greenland ice cap also melts and the Antarctic ice cap also melts. Maybe they aren't melting as fast, but they're still melting.

And here's the bad news: Scientists have long realized that ice reflects heat and as the quantity reduces so, too, does the amount of heat that can be bounced away from the Earth. So, the warmer the Arctic gets, the faster the Earth warms up.

Read the rest HERE.

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