Arctic Temperatures Rise; Ice Cover Sets a New Low

 

By Karandeep Singh

A new research states that the Arctic region has once again set a new record of rising temperatures, which is also lowering the ice cover this season. This is the third time this season since November 2016 that the region is experiencing such high temperatures.

“If you look at where sea-ice extent is right now, we’re at a record low, compared to the remainder of the satellite record that goes back to 1979,” said Mark Serreze, a senior research scientist at Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado. He and his team reported that the Antarctic sea-ice cover in January this year was just above 5 million square miles. The number is a whole 100,000 square miles than what is was in January last year and is half a million square miles less than the average for January for the past 38 years.

The researchers also confirmed that the temperature rise was witnessed especially in the Arctic regions located above 80 degrees north latitude. The temperature in those regions was about 20-degree Celsius, or 68-degree Fahrenheit, higher than the average temperature during that time of the year.

Plan To Refreeze The Arctic Will Cost $500B

By Jaswin S. Singh

Ice in the arctic is rapidly decreasing as global warming is at its alarming rate. Some scientists have proposed to refreeze the arctic and that move will cost $500 billion.

Physicist Steven Desch and his team have a plan to solve the problem. Their solution is to build wind-powered pumps over the Arctic ice cap. His team is from the Arizona State University and they have laid it all out. According to The Guardian, the pumps will be used during winter. They would be pumping out water to the surface of the ice, and the water will freeze.

The method, which will cost $500 billion, will create 10 million pimps and it would add one meter of ice to the Arctic's two to three meters melting ice caps. Steven Desch said in a newspaper interview that thicker ice would be great as it would last longer. Melting of ice caps during the summer will no longer be a problem because of the extra ice the pumps will give.

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