The recently released annual Arctic Report Card, authored by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Colorado, USA, noted that warming continues at an unprecedented rate, with effects that are spreading further south than ever before.
Produced by nearly 70 collaborating researchers, this year’s update revealed that 2009-2010 summer sea ice was at its third lowest since satellite monitoring began in 1979, and snow cover duration saw an all-time minimum. In Greenland, lack of precipitation combined with record high air temperatures resulted in the worst ice melt and glacial area loss in at least five decades.
NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco stated, “Beyond affecting the humans and wildlife that call the area home, the Arctic's warmer temperatures and decreases in permafrost, snow cover, glaciers and sea ice also have wide-ranging consequences for the physical and biological systems in other parts of the world.”
Dr. Lubchenco and fellow National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists, our sincere thanks for the alert to these further Arctic changes, despite their disturbing implications. May humanity respond quickly by choosing lifestyles that protect and cool our Earth. Addressing the increasingly dire conditions of the Arctic during an October 2009 videoconference in Germany, Supreme Master Ching Hai emphasized immediate measures that could preserve the ice and thus our planet.