ArticMeltdown

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ARCTIC MELTDOWN

+ take the message to the Lib Dems see here

Public Meeting Wednesday 26th September 
At 7.00 pm – Venue tba (see subsequent emails or www.campaigncc.org)
With Professor Peter Wadhams,  Head of the Polar Oceans Physics Group at Cambridge University

Organised by the Campaign against Climate Change with the Arctic Methane Emergency Group

 
The Arctic ice cap is disappearing before our eyes: this is the first large scale unmistakable impact of climate change, clearly visible from space.

The arctic sea-ice broke an all time record for lowest ever extent on Friday 24th August (after breaking several other records according to other methodologies of measurement by other scientific institutions etc…).  This was a bombshell because it was nearly a month before you would expect the ice to reach its seasonal minimum – it is still decreasing now and we can expect it to continue decreasing until around mid September. (so we should probably have a good idea of the absolute minimum by the time of this meeting).

 

What does this mean for our estimates of when the arctic will be completely ice-free at the end of the summer ?

 

What will be the consequences when this happens ?

How will it effect the arctic biosphere, its animals its indigenous people ?

More to the point how will it effect the rest of the world, global weather patterns (see eg here) and the agriculture and food supplies dependent on those ?

What about the melting of the permafrost? How fast will that happen and how much will that accelerate global warming ?

What about the methane hydrates under the arctic ocean. How suddenly might they be released ? Are we looking at apocalypse tomorrow ?

Professor Wadhams is a leading expert on sea ice. Whilst the forecasts of the IPCC for instance have been left well behind he has been at the forefront of those in the scientific community predicting a rapid disappearance of arctic sea ice. In his own words :

“For 40 years I have been measuring sea ice thickness in the Arctic from UK submarines. I first detected substantial thinning in 1990, and since the most recent submarine voyage in 2007 I have been warning that the combination of sea ice retreat and a massive amount of thinning will lead to the disappearance of the summer sea ice by as early as 2015. Despite the fact that this is a simple extrapolation of a clear and measured trend I have been vilified by scientific colleagues for making such a seemingly radical prediction. I am pleased to see these same colleagues now jumping on the bandwagon and supporting my prediction”

Come to this meeting to find out how significant what we are now seeing really is – and what the future might hold.

 

Take the Arctic Meltdown message to the Lib-Dem Conference

Sunday 23rd September

We have a plan afoot to take the message – plus a metre high iceberg – down to the Lib Dem conference in Brighton, to remind them  of the urgency of standing up to the Tories over climate change. More details in subsequent emails and at  ww.campaigncc.org

Sponsor an Iceberg !

But to do this we have to pay for the ice etc…. which last time cost around £ 400.  If 40 people give £ 10, for instance we could pay for it…

So can’t make the demo ? Why not sponsor the iceberg…which will be used to take the message to the Lib-Dems.

You can do the old fashioned thing and send us a cheque (see address on website), or email us at iceberg@campaigncc.org and, eg, we can send bank details for you to put it sraight into our account……

Or you can just click here to help ‘sponsor an iceberg’  via paypal ………………

Many thanks !


 

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