The only thing we can be sure of about the future is that it will be absolutely fantastic. So if what I say now seems to you to be very reasonable, then I have failed completely. Only if what I tell you appears absolutely unbelievable, have we any chance of visualizing the future as it really will happen.

- Arthur C. Clarke (h/t Brin)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Sea Ice Steeplechase

It is on, and our horse has taken the lead by a nose.


Image: NSIDC

4 comments:

Belette said...

I prefer this one:

http://www.ijis.iarc.uaf.edu/en/home/seaice_extent.htm

Chuck said...

Is there an on-line betting pool for this season?

Aaron said...

I doubt if we have enough thick ice left for ringed seals to successfully rear young. This will leave polar bears hungry. I doubt if we have enough ice flows over shallow water for walrus to rear their young. . . . I think that over the next 5 years we will see a shocking loss of Arctic wildlife -- Even if we do not set any new records this year.

Chuck said...

Well, if nobody else is putting one together, here's an announcement:
http://lablemminglounge.blogspot.com/2009/06/minimum-arctic-sea-ice-extent-betting.html