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Arctic sea ice may fall to record lows

Posted by feww on September 7, 2011

Arctic ice extent for August fell to 2nd lowest level for the month on satellite record

  • Monthly August ice extent for 1979 to 2011 shows a decline of 9.3% per decade.

  • Greenhouse gases are responsible for half of Arctic ice cover retreat from 1979 to 2005: Study


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Disaster Calendar 2011 – September 7

[September 7, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,652 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Arctic Ocean. Satellite data processed by the University of Bremen showed Arctic ice extent on September 5 fell below the same date in 2007.
    • Greenhouse gases are responsible for half of Arctic ice cover retreat from 1979 to 2005.
    • August average Arctic sea ice extent in 2011 fell to the second lowest level for the month since records began in 1979, NSIDC reported.
    • In August, ice extent retreated at a faster than average   pace of 67,700 km²/day . The average decline rate for August 1979 to 2000 was 53,700 km²/day.
    • Average ice extent for August 2011 was 5.52 million km², or 160,000 km² above the record low set inAugust 2007, and 2.15 million km² or 28% below the average for 1979 to 2000.
    • On August 31, 2011 Arctic ice extent was 4.63 million km², or 100,000 km² above the previous record low for the same date, set in 2007.
    • Air temperatures were up to 4 degrees Celsius higher than average (relative to the 1981 to 2010 climatology) over the Arctic Ocean (measured about 1km above the surface).
    • The ice will continue to melt for another couple of weeks.
    • Monthly August ice extent for 1979 to 2011 shows a decline of 9.3% per decade.

Sea ice data updated daily, with one-day lag. Orange line in extent image (left) and gray line in time series (right) indicate 1979 to 2000 average extent for the day shown. Click for high-resolution image. Credit: National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)

Monthly August ice extent for 1979 to 2011 shows a decline of 9.3% per decade. Credit: NSIDC

Other Disasters

Texas Wildfire Stats (issued by TFS)

  • Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2011
  • National Preparedness Level: 3
  • Southern Area Preparedness Level: 4
  • TFS Preparedness Level: 5
  • “Yesterday Texas Forest Service responded to 19 new fires for 1,490 acres, including new large fires in Red River and Rusk counties. In the past seven days Texas Forest Service has responded to 172 fires for 135,051 acres.”
  • “An assessment has been completed on the Bastrop County Complex and 785 homes have been reported destroyed. An additional 238 have been reported lost on other fires in the past three days, for a total of approximately 1,023.”

  • Texas governor Rick Perry is on record as saying climate change  is essentially a hoax:
    • “I just happen to believe the Earth’s temperature has been moving up and down for millenniums now.” Claiming that scientists disagree on the cause he added, “I happen to be one who is skeptical.”
    • “To spend billions of dollars” addressing an issue like that, Perry said, is “not in America’s best interests.
    • “I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects. And I think we are seeing almost weekly, or even daily, scientists are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change. I don’t think, from my perspective, that I want America to be engaged in spending that much money on still a scientific theory that has not been proven, and from my perspective, is more and more being put into question.” Perry said.
    • In April Perry issued an official proclamation asking “Texans of all faiths and traditions” to pray for rain over the three-day Easter weekend.
    • “Now, therefore, I, Rick Perry, governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby proclaim the three-day period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas,” the proclamation, posted on the governor’s website, began.
    • Perry should know that prayers without a “vow of repentance,” a “plea for forgiveness” and a “promise of abstinence” invariably backfire, in his case literally!

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One Response to “Arctic sea ice may fall to record lows”

  1. feww said

    “On September 8, the extent of the Arctic sea ice was 4.240 million square kilometers. This is a new historic minimum,” said Georg Heygster, head of the Physical Analysis of Remote Sensing Images unit at the University of Bremen’s Institute of Environmental Physics.

    The NSIDC, using different algorithm, confirmed the record set on the same date at 4.1 million sq km.

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