The Arctic “Dying Spiral”: Lamenting the Collapse of a 4000 12 months Outdated Ice Shelf

The Arctic “Death Spiral”: Lamenting the Collapse of a 4000 Year Old Ice Shelf

Caribou. By Are G Nilsen, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The Guardian wants you to weep over an ice shelf that even you admit didn't exist when the Egyptian pyramids were built. They demand that we do everything in our power to prevent the melting of the ice from uncovering huge gold and mineral deposits and opening valuable new sea routes.

The Arctic is in a death spiral. How long will it exist?

The region is dissolving faster than anyone would have predicted. However, there may still be time to act

At the end of July, 40% of the 4,000-year-old Milne Ice Shelf calved into the sea on the northwestern edge of Ellesmere Island. Canada's last fully intact ice shelf was no longer there.

On the other side of the island, the northernmost in Canada, the ice caps of St. Patrick & # 39; s Bay have completely disappeared.

However, some find opportunities in the crisis. As the ice melts, the region's abundant mineral deposits and oil and gas reserves are more accessible by boat. China is investing heavily in the increasingly ice-free North Sea route via Russia, which promises to cut shipping times between the Far East and Europe by 10 to 15 days.

The Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago could soon be another shortcut. And in Greenland Disappearing ice reveals an abundance of uranium, zinc, gold, iron and rare earth elements. In 2019, Donald Trump claimed he was considering buying Greenland from Denmark. Never before has the Arctic had such political relevance.

"At this point it has to be both a reduction in emissions and carbon capture," explains Stroeve. "We have to take out what we already put in there."

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If you don't act now and invest tremendous resources to ensure that huge deposits of gold and valuable minerals remain frozen in the ground and new wealth that creates shipping lanes is closed, the caribou could suffer.

My thought: Pass the venison.

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