Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Arctic sea melt

Picture published by Ansgar Walk under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 2.5 license. May be reproduced with attribution and under same license only
For the first time in human history, it is now possible to sail a ship all the way around the Arctic ice cap, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

The melting of the ice caps is expected to have significant impacts on climate change, including the loss of oceanic insulation, the loss of the albedo effect, and the acidification and algification of the oceans. If the Arctic ice cap melts by 2013 as predicted, it could produce runaway climate effects which are impossible to control and endanger human life on Earth.

Shipping companies have already announced plans to run their ships through the newly opened North-East passage.

Former Premier of NSW Nick Greiner has just completed a report to Ports minister Joe Tripodi recommending that the world's largest coal export port in Newcastle be doubled by 2013 and ultimately tripled, in a move set to be disastrous for the Earth's climate.

Picture by Ansgar Walk 2004. May be reproduced or altered only with attribution and under the same license.

1 comment:

Niko said...

I am dumbfounded by the degree of shortsightedness the "captains of industry" show as we steer straight into disaster. The joke that the definition of a capitalist is that they will sell you the rope to hang them with has much truth in it.

IN Ncsle, we must absolutely refuse any expansion of the coal industry, and work actively to phase it out as fast as possible. And hope that others elsewhere join in to stop this mad rush into oblivion.