Source: Scientists Watch Antarctica, Arctic Sea-Ice Levelsby Richard Harris, NPR.org, October 8, 2012.
In this NPR story, reported in October, 2012 at the time that
"The ice covering the Arctic Ocean was at a record low, in keeping with a sharp warming trend in the far north. At the same time, the amount of the ocean around Antarctica covered by sea ice hit a record high. It's winter in Antarctica when it's summer in the Arctic."
However, the certain question in this news report is why in a warming world is wintertime ice growing?
Dr. Ted Scambos, Glaciologist at University of Colorado's National Snow and Ice Data Center, responded that it is a alarming to lose so much summertime ice in the Arctic. That ice plays a vital role in the climate. Arctic Ice reflects solar energy back into space, cooling the planet as a result. On the other hand, having gaining a small amount of ice around Antarctica, during the dark of winter, doesn't have much of an effect on the climate.
With scientists' major concerns over the loss of total sea ice, especially in the Arctic, as opposed to a small gain Antarctic in recent years, friends also shared these great metaphors:
Ed Norris: It's like 'celebrating a great play by one of your players while your team lost by six touchdowns.'
Scott Mandia, Professsor Physical Sciences at Suffolk County Community College in New York, "Focusing on sea ice instead of total ice is like pointing out that Susan's hair has grown much longer after she tells you that she has lost 50 lb from dieting."
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