Story at a glance:
- Scientists want to refreeze the Arctic.
- The arctic’s warming in the last 30 years could trigger disastrous changes to our weather systems.
- The Arctic has warmed at a rate that is three times faster than the global average.
Scientists want to refreeze the Arctic as it is melting faster than they had anticipated.
A report from the Climate Crisis Advisory Group (CCAG) is warning that the Arctic’s warming in the last 30 years could trigger more disastrous changes to our weather systems.
Scientists say the Arctic is “ground zero” for "cascading climate impacts across the planet” — events already seen in places like the U.S. and Canada with severe heat waves and in Germany and China with flooding, SKY News reported.
The report was published the same day U.S. climate envoy John Kerry warned that "this is not the last chance for survival, but it is the last chance to minimise the damages and the changes on planet Earth."
"We have to ramp up, Tony," Kerry said to former U.K. prime minister Tony Blair at a Science Museum webinar. "But I am confident that we're going to have breakthroughs that are going to help facilitate this effort."
The Arctic has warmed at a rate that is three times faster (at a rate of 0.81C per decade) than the global average (0.23C), according to the study.
Scientist David King is chair of the CCAG, a group of climate-related experts, and said he the group trying to provide a scientific solution towards repairing the climate.
"We can manage this," he said. "I believe we've got five years to set in train a whole series of a program of work. We will have a safe future for mankind going well into the next century."
"[Otherwise,] we are looking at a situation in the near future that is really to too grim to to contemplate," he said.
One of those solutions is to refreeze the Arctic by creating white cloud cover that will come over the Arctic Sea during the three months of the polar summer.
The reflective sunlight will help the Arctic sea retain snow throughout the summer from the winter season.
"And if we could just repeat that every year for the coming 20 or 30 years, then we might manage to create the ice cover that is needed to protect the Arctic Sea," he told Sky News.
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