07 Nov

Arctic Ice melting faster than predicted

[via Ramez Naan] Climate models are wrong… as in it’s consistently happening faster than predicted. One thing I learned from writing and researching Arctic Rising. Last year’s ‘worst case’ scenarios constantly turn out to be next year’s average:

The spring snow pack in the Arctic is disappearing at a much faster rate than anticipated even by climate change models, says a new study by Environment Canada researchers.

That has implications for wildlife, vegetation and ground temperatures, say the scientists, who looked at four decades of snow data for the Canadian Arctic and beyond.

Combined with recent news that the Arctic sea ice retreated to an all-time low this summer, it suggests climate change may be happening much faster than expected, said Dr. Chris Derksen, a research scientist for Environment Canada and one of the study’s authors.