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Warning Signs

The Arctic is warming up more than twice as fast as the rest of the world, due to numerous feedbacks . At times, large areas over the Arctic Ocean can become 30°C or 54°F warmer than 1979-2000, as illustrated by the image below. On February 27, 2018, large parts of the Arctic Ocean north of Greenland had turned into open water, as illustrated by the image below. Yet, while the situation in the Arctic is desperate, with sea ice north of Greenland collapsing and more, mainstream media do not seem to care. If there ever were warning signs of what could eventuate, this is one. The sea ice north of Greenland is typically the thickest, as it is the least affected by melting and can build over many years. Early February 2018, sea ice north of Greenland was up to 5 m thick. To see sea ice this thick getting pushed away and open water emerging north of Greenland in the middle of winter is simply stunning. For years, I've been warning about the situation in the Arctic, in particular the '