Melting Ice – Breaking Ice – It All Adds Up – To Trouble

There are now only 346,000 Km² more sea ice cover in the Arctic ocean region than at the lowest recorded satellite measurement of the modern era on Sep 17, 2012.

That’s not a great deal when you consider that more than 11 million Km² sea ice has melted in that region from last Winter’s peek total just 6 months ago and considerably less than 4 million Km² sea ice remains.

Zoomed image from: https://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/charctic-interactive-sea-ice-graph/

As if this is not a serious enough development to report, today it has been revealed that a huge 110 Km² chunk of glacier ice has broken off from the Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden glacier in Greenland’s north east.  No date has been given (that I have seen) for the break-away, but it must be from later than Aug 20 when a report was published suggesting that 2020 had produced less glacier ice loss than the relatively high level of 2019. 

For that story see: “Greenland glacier loses 110 square kilometres’ worth of ice” – from Australia’s ABC news, or I’m sure your local news source will have this featured.

I’m not sure if glacier ice, some of which is obviously sea-borne, is actually counted as sea-ice until it breaks away from its land-based glacial component.  While 110 Km² is a sizeable chunk, it is not going to make much difference to the NSIDC charts I think.  But the gravity of such break-off events, coupled with loss of sea ice through the annual melting process, is something humanity should not be taking lightly.  It signals great changes being under way.  Changes we are powerless to prevent or stop – no matter what some, including some in the scientific community, may say.  

Great changes, as I said somewhere else today, always come with great upheavals.  Upheaval which we are also powerless to prevent or stop.  And it is those great changes and upheavals, along with a range of others that are making their presence ever more loudly clear, as the year and subsequent years unfold, that humanity should be factoring into its determinations as to our future progress instead of wasting time and effort in both propping up our current industry based systems and/or duplicitously pretending to ‘fight’ climate change – all efforts at which will shortly be overtaken by events we could have foreseen had we not been so blinkered or the danger had not been so deliberately obscured or played down.  

We will undoubtedly regret both our indolence and our wasted efforts, if we have time or opportunity to think about that, as all of those things are swept away – and perhaps us with them – sooner than we might imagine.

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