September 10, 2013
The Arctic ice cap increased 60 percent over one year triggering intense debates over global warming predictions. [Mail]
In Sept. 2012, Arctic ice covered 1.32 million square miles, an all-time recorded low and some scientists predicted that by 2013 the Arctic would experience its first recorded ice free summer. However, in August 2013 Arctic sea ice averaged 2.35 million square miles, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
Professor Anastasios Tsonis, of the University of Wisconsin, was one of the first to investigate the ocean cycles and contends we are entering a period of global cooling.
“We are already in a cooling trend, which I think will continue for the next 15 years at least,” Tsonis told the Mail. “There is no doubt the warming of the 1980s and 1990s has stopped.”
In February, U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chairman Rajenda Pachuri said that world temperature data has been flat for the past 17 years while greenhouse gasses have been accumulating at a record pace.
Proponents of stricter fossil fuel regulations contend this year’s increase in Arctic ice is because of an unusually cool summer and that there has been a long-term trend of Arctic ice decline due to human-caused global warming
Later this month, representatives from throughout the world will meet in Stockholm to agree on the final draft of the latest IPCC report slated to be used to construct a proposed 2015 global climate control treaty.