Monday, May 23, 2016

Quote of the Week - “We’re in record breaking territory no matter how you look at it”

An undated aerial view from an aircraft of the calving front of a glacier in Greenland. (Credit: John Sonntag/NASA) Click to Enlarge.
Quote of the Week - So Arctic amplification has long been understood — and, confirming the theory, the Arctic has already been warming much faster than the more temperate latitudes.  Even in this context, though, scientists have been noting that there seems to be something especially stark about what’s happening atop the world this year, which has seen overall temperatures soar to new highs.

“We’re in record breaking territory no matter how you look at it,” says Jennifer Francis, an Arctic specialist at Rutgers University who has published widely on how Arctic changes affect weather in the mid-latitudes.  “The ice is really low, the temperatures are really high, the fire seasons have started earlier,” she says.

It’s an “uncharted territory situation that we’re finding ourselves in,” Francis says.

Even for the fast-melting Arctic, 2016 is in ‘uncharted territory’ by Chris Mooney, Energy & Environment, Washington Post, May 16, 2016

Read original article at 2016 SkS Weekly Digest #21

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