Arctic Ice Reality Check
06/03/2012 3 Comments
Secretary of State Clinton recently visited the Arctic to observe global warming first hand, meeting with Norwegian officials to discuss the changing Arctic and the thinning polar ice. According to the Voice of America News:
Over the last 20 years, Norwegian climate scientists say the Arctic has been losing 45000 square kilometers of ice cover a year. That has opened new shipping routes across the north that could make trade between Europe and Asia 40 percent faster.
Secretary Clinton says she learned that many of the predictions about warming in the Arctic are being surpassed by the actual data, something she says that is not necessarily surprising but is certainly sobering.
Here is the latest Arctic Sea Ice Plot, note now close to the mean it is this year.
I have no idea what Clinton actually saw, but I found this article in the Miami Herald most interesting: Heavy ice could delay start of Shell Alaska’s Arctic drilling
SEATTLE — The heaviest polar ice in more than a decade could postpone the start of offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean until the beginning of August, a delay of up to two weeks, Shell Alaska officials said.
Unveiling a newly refurbished ice-class rig that is poised to begin drilling two exploratory wells this summer in the Beaufort Sea, Shell executives said Friday that the unusually robust sea ice would further narrow what already is a tight window for operations.
Shell must stop drilling about Sept. 24, which is 38 days before ice is likely to move in, to allow enough time in open water to fix a wellhead blowout.
Read more HERE.