Scientists hatch crazy $500 billion plan to refreeze the Arctic

February 14, 2017 by  
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As governments make slow progress towards alleviating climate change and denial marks the Trump Administration’s approach to the global crisis, scientists have hatched a crazy $500 billion scheme to refreeze the Arctic . Led by physicist Steven Desch of Arizona State University , a team of 14 scientists concocted a plan to replenish Arctic sea ice using ten million wind-powered pumps. The strategy involves deploying millions of renewably-powered pumps to send water onto the surface of Arctic ice during the winter. In theory, that water would then freeze, thickening the ice before summer. Desch said the pumps could add around three feet to the current layer of sea ice . If the ice is thicker, he argued, it would last longer and reduce the danger of sea ice vanishing completely during the summer. Related: Total sea ice levels on Earth lower than ever before recorded The paper’s abstract states that the Arctic could be utterly devoid of summer sea ice by the year 2030. If that occurs, the ocean would absorb the sunlight it once reflected – so replenishing sea ice now is an imperative. The paper goes on to state that the 2015 Paris agreement won’t be enough to halt the consequences of global warming . Desch told the Observer, “Our only strategy at present seems to be to tell people to stop burning fossil fuels . It’s a good idea but it is going to need a lot more than that to stop the Arctic’s sea ice from disappearing.” The American Geophysical Union ‘s journal Earth’s Future published their study in late January. Via The Guardian Images via Pixabay ( 1 , 2 )

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Melting Arctic Ice Could Release a Trillion-Piece Torrent of Plastic into the Sea

May 29, 2014 by  
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The melting Arctic ice is poised to unleash a torrent of more than 1 trillion pieces of plastic into the ocean over the next 10 years. According to a new report, there are a trillion bits of plastic trapped in remote ice areas, more than twice the amount in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch . As the ice melts, that plastic will be released into the food chain, threatening marine life, clogging waterways and harming the ocean’s ecology. Read the rest of Melting Arctic Ice Could Release a Trillion-Piece Torrent of Plastic into the Sea Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arctic ice , Arctic ice melt , Arctic ice melt problems , Arctic ice trash , Arctic ocean trash , Arctic trash , arctic trash issues , global warming , global warming and arctic trash , global warming melting arctic ice , global warming releasing trash , micro plastic trash , microbeads Arctic ice , microbeads waterways , microplastic Arctic ice , microplastic issues , microplastic ocean , Microplastic waterways , mirobeads ocean , miroplastic released in arctic melt , ocean pollution , ocean trash , trash , wildlife dangers

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A Darker Arctic is Making the Earth Warm Faster

February 20, 2014 by  
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A new study from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography reveals a troubling trend in the Arctic: as the planet warms and the ice caps melt , the Earth is losing its ability to reflect heat back into space. This natural amount of light reflected from planet’s surface, called albedo, is incredibly important. In the 70s, scientists discovered that a full 52% of the sun’s rays simply bounced off the surface of the Arctic, with only 48% absorbed. But by 2011, the situation had flipped, with only 48% of the light reflected back into space. Read the rest of A Darker Arctic is Making the Earth Warm Faster Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arctic albedo , arctic ice , Climate Change , global warming , melting ice , melting ice caps , polar ice caps , reflecting sunlight , reflective sea ice , sea ice        

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Study Finds a Three-Decade Decline in the Reflectivity of Arctic Sea Ice

August 14, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock The reflection of solar radiation by Arctic sea ice is critical to maintaining an overall stable global temperature. This phenomenon, known as “albedo,” has decreased over the past 30 years, according to a study by the Finnish Meteorological Institute . The study finds that there is a clear trend towards disappearing ice in the northern region of the Arctic Ocean, causing a major decline in solar reflectivity. Read the rest of Study Finds a Three-Decade Decline in the Reflectivity of Arctic Sea Ice Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: albedo , arctic ice , Climate Change , European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites Satellite Application Facility on Climate Monitoring , finnish meteoroligical institute , global warming , longer melt periods , loss of polar ice , nature climate change , polar ice cap melt , reflectivity , solar radiation        

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Polar Bear Tragically Starves to Death Because of Global Warming

August 6, 2013 by  
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It’s always sad to see dead animals in the wild, but the death of this 16-year-old male polar bear found dead on a beach north of Norway is especially tragic. After examining the bear’s emaciated body, researchers determined that the bear starved to death due global warming. Record high temperatures have melted arctic ice sheets that this and other polar bears need for hunting. Making matters even more tragic, this same malnourished polar bear was in good health when researchers examined it just three months prior in southern Svalbard. Read the rest of Polar Bear Tragically Starves to Death Because of Global Warming Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animals , arctic ice , Arctic ice melt , Climate Change , endangered species , global warming , Nature , polar bears , Polar Bears International , svalbard        

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Puri Desalinating Water Bottle Could Save Your Life at Sea

August 6, 2013 by  
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The Puri is unlike any other water bottle out there – it could save your life. Designed by Younsun Kim, Kangkyung Lee, Byungsoo Kim and Minji Kim, the bottle has its own system to remove salt from salt water, making sea water drinkable . With a small pumping system inside, the Puri effectively desalinates water, which could prove to be invaluable on a life raft or rescue boat. Read the rest of Puri Desalinating Water Bottle Could Save Your Life at Sea Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Byungsoo Kim , eco design , green design , Kangkyung Lee , Minji Kim , Puri , sustainable design , Younsun Kim        

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Shell’s Arctic Oil Drilling Efforts Halted by a Massive Rogue Iceberg

September 13, 2012 by  
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Iceberg Photo via Shutterstock After the Gulf of Mexico disaster and the perils of deep-water drilling were revealed to the public, there was a lot of opposition to similar projects proposed for the Arctic . Now, after six years of campaigning, oil company Shell has begun its Arctic exploration campaign despite worldwide protests. However the oil company is facing problems with the $4.5 billion project; a 30 mile by 12 mile block of ice that is heading its way. Read the rest of Shell’s Arctic Oil Drilling Efforts Halted by a Massive Rogue Iceberg Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arctic exploration campaign , arctic ice , arctic ocean , arctic sea ice , arctic summer sea ice , cryosat 2 , esa , european space agency , gulf of mexico disaster , offshore drilling , rogue iceberg , Shell , shell oil exploration , summer ice , university college of london , us national snow and ice data center

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Arctic Sea Ice to Hit Record Low This Month According to US National Snow and Ice Data Center Reports

August 23, 2012 by  
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Last week we reported that The European Space Agency’s CryoSat 2 probe had completed its 18-month-long mission and revealed that over 900 cubic kilometers of summer sea ice had disappeared from the Arctic ocean over the past year. That’s a loss 50% greater than figures predicted by most polar scientists. Now scientists at the US National Snow and Ice Data Center have stated that Arctic sea ice is set to hit a record low by the end of this month. Read the rest of Arctic Sea Ice to Hit Record Low This Month According to US National Snow and Ice Data Center Reports Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arctic ice , arctic ocean , arctic sea ice , arctic summer sea ice , cryosat 2 , esa , european space agency , summer ice , university college of london , us national snow and ice data center

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FedEx Announces Plan to Cut CO2 Emissions by 50%

August 23, 2012 by  
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Over the years, global logistics company FedEx has been doing everything it can to reduce the carbon emissions of its massive fleet. The company has done everything from implementing carbon offset programs to utilizing electric vehicles . One of the company’s boldest moves was in 2008, when it announced that it would aim to reduce carbon emissions from its aircraft and improve the fuel efficiency of its vehicle fleet by 20 percent by 2020. Now, just four years later, FedEx has done so well that it has almost achieved these goals already. So today the company announced a revised, more aggressive target  of 50% ! Read the rest of FedEx Announces Plan to Cut CO2 Emissions by 50% Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aircraft emissions , biofuel , carbon emissions , carbon offset programs , electric vehicles , fedex , fedex aircraft , logistical company , logistics company , vehicle emissions

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CryoSat 2 Probe Shows Summer Arctic Sea Ice Melting 50% Faster Than Expected

August 15, 2012 by  
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The European Space Agency’s CryoSat 2 probe has completed its 18-month-long mission and the results are disturbing. According to data being analyzed at the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling at University College London (UCL) , over 900 cubic kilometres of summer sea ice has disappeared from the Arctic ocean over the past year. That’s a loss 50% greater than figures predicted by most polar scientists. Read the rest of CryoSat 2 Probe Shows Summer Arctic Sea Ice Melting 50% Faster Than Expected Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arctic ice , arctic ocean , arctic summer sea ice , cryosat 2 , esa , european space agency , summer ice , university college of london

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