NASA: ⅔ of Earth’s Ice Cap Now Gone!
lthough headed for a low, but not the usual “record low” year of ice loss, NASA has now been able to assemble the available evidence and state definitively that our tiny, blue planet is in the final stages of losing the northern arctic ice cap completely. A video released on Space.com this morning shows Dr. Thomas Wagner of NASA HQ, Washington, DC discussion various aspects of the NASA’s ARISE mission and the means by which the supporting data was acquired.
The report is of serious concern, of course. But I find it pretty remarkable just how incredibly fast the artic ice cap has, first, disintegrated and then virtually melted away. The only good news in the piece was that the shrinkage this year isn’t a record low….but that doesn’t mean the overall trend (being year-over-year record loss) has terminally halted. My guess would be that it could be an indicator things might have started to slow down slightly — but it’s too little, too late as far as the arctic ice cap is concerned.
Next, I suspect we’ll be hearing about he subarctic cap disappearing completely. And…I now wonder if any of it will be left by 2020!