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Earth Policy Institute: Ice Melt Accelerates Around the World

Ice Melt Accelerates Around the World, Frances C. Moore: “With atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations at new record highs and global average temperature now some 0.8 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the frozen regions of the earth are showing us just how rapidly climate change can take effect. Recent years have seen ice melt accelerate and spread to new, previously unaffected regions. In many areas, the pace of melting has surprised even the scientists studying it most closely, providing a strong early indication that the consequences of climate change could come faster and be more severe than previously believed.”
Additional Data:

  • Selected Examples of Ice Melt Around the World (table and map)
  • Average September Arctic Ocean Sea Ice Extent (figure)
  • Average Global Temperature, 1880-2007 (figure and table)
  • Atmospheric Concentration of Carbon Dioxide, 1000-2007 (figure)
  • Related postings on climate change
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