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Antarctica: It’s Getting Hot at the Bottom of the Planet

December 29, 2012

Full Article at http://science.time.com/2012/12/24/antarctica-its-getting-hot-at-the-bottom-of-the-planet/?hpt=hp_t2

By  Bryan Walsh

One of the big environmental stories of 2012 was the record melting of sea ice in the Arctic, which reached its smallest extent this summer since satellite data began being kept in the late 1970s. But it’s not the Arctic alone that’s reacting to manmade climate change by transforming into a large puddle. On the other end of the Earth, the continent of Antarctica contains enough ice to swamp just about every coastal city on the planet were it all to melt. The Arctic is transforming before our eyes, but it’s changes in Antarctica that could make Waterworld into a documentary.

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Using data from Byrd Station, a scientific outpost in West Antarctica, researchers from Ohio State University and other institutions have report that average annual temperatures in the region have risen by 2.4 C (4.3 F) since 1958. That’s nearly twice as much warming as had been previously estimated, and the data shows for the first time an increase in warming trends during the summer. The timing of the temperature increase is particularly alarming because while temperatures in Antarctica remain well below freezing for nearly the entire year, the Antarctic summer is when any melting is likely to occur—just as it does in the Arctic.

Full Article at http://science.time.com/2012/12/24/antarctica-its-getting-hot-at-the-bottom-of-the-planet/?hpt=hp_t2

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  1. January 19, 2013 2:31 pm

    Great Waves of Change, by Marshall Vian Summers, we will adapt to a world undergoing so many changes? How will we do this?..this book is a great read, it gives the individual a real heads up about the changes that Humanity will be experiencing.

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