Truth or fiction… vanishing icecap

Wednesday August 29th, 2012 – Arctic ice low heralds end of 3-million-year cover

“From 1979 to 2000, the average volume of Arctic ice in September was 12,000 cubic kilometres. This year, it is less than 3000 cubic kilometres. “In plain words,” says Fortier, “we are three-quarters of the way to a summertime ice-free Arctic Ocean, with all the climatic, geopolitical, environmental and economic consequences.”



Friday April 8th, 2033

The overly-handsome young presenter wore a wool suit and scarf but no hat or gloves. Over his shoulder the cloudless sky was an intense purple-blue.

“We’re here,” he said. “I’m standing at the North Pole.” The camera pulled back from the reporter, revealing the white painted metal deck of a ship.

“Of course, I’m also floating at the North Pole because for the first time in human history the Pole is ice free. And that’s not all,” he said slipping a little thermometer from his jacket pocket.

“It’s two degrees above freezing! Now, the whole Arctic isn’t ice-free yet. Scientists say that’s still a decade away. In fact tomorrow, we’re hoping to take you to the edge of the ice sheet and we’ll go looking for polar bears! None have been spotted so far this year, but maybe we’ll get lucky!

His face became serious. “We have to wait for the all-clear though. There’s been another methane event, and the levels are still too high for our safety.”

An inset window showed a section of ocean alongside an ice sheet. The ocean was foaming with bubbles.

…read more in INTERVENTION by WRR Munro

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