Just How Bad Was this Summer's Arctic Melting?

arctic sea ice loss

That bad. More about the report's executive summary after the jump.According to Carbon Equity's latest report, the Arctic ice caps are facing a much grimmer future than that originally projected by the IPCC - which has been accused of watering down its recommendations due to political pressure. Some of the more salient findings include:

• Climate change impacts are happening at lower temperature increases and more quickly than projected.
• The Arctic's floating sea ice is headed towards rapid summer disintegration as early as 2013, a century ahead of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projections.
• The rapid loss of Arctic sea ice will speed up the disintegration of the Greenland ice sheet, and a rise in sea levels by even as much as 5 metres by the turn of this century is possible.

Via ::The Age: The time has come for drastic action (newspaper)

See also: ::No More Arctic Ice Cap by 2030?, ::Al Gore Warns of Crises Facing World's Oceans

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