Arctic ice cover is reducing, how this will affect the climate and hope for the future

There is depressing news that the Arctic sea ice has now fallen to its second lowest level since satellites records began in 1978. The lowest level was recorded in September 2007 and it is now possible that 2008 will see that dismal record broken. Even if the sea ice cover falls below last years level by September that in itself not what gives cause for concern.

 

What really matters is the trend of the ice cover. This century summer ice coverage has been less than the average of the previous 22 years, and that trend is worrying. Continue reading