Researchers Measuring The Melting Arctic Ice Caps

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It’s not a job for the faint of heart, but it’s one that scientists around the world feel must be done: measuring the amount the Arctic ice caps are melting. Between -40° weather and 621 mile hikes, three British scientists are putting their lives on the line to find out exactly what kind of trouble our planet is in, and find a way to stop it.Arctic Winter Melting Ice CapsIt’s not a job for the faint of heart, but it’s one that scientists around the world feel must be done: measuring the amount the Arctic ice caps are melting. Between -40° weather and 621 mile hikes, three British scientists are putting their lives on the line to find out exactly what kind of trouble our planet is in, and find a way to stop it. The bad news is they think Arctic sea ice in the summer season could be gone in our lifetime — maybe as early as 2013, or as late as 2040 — either way, not a good scenario. And when sea ice starts melting, it’s a slippery slope to get it to stop: the summer sea ice acts as a reflector of the sun’s heat, and once we lose a bit of it, it speeds up the heating process rapidly. The trip will end in May, and the team’s research will be presented in December at the UN Climate Change Conference of Parties. Until then, let’s hope the ice holds up for a few more summers.

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