Argument: The melting of the arctic ice caps has accelerated dramatically due to human emissions

Issue Report: Is climate change chiefly human-caused?

Supporting artcles

  • “Carbon Dioxide Emissions cause Arctic to Melt, Sea Levels to Rise.” November 06, 2004 – “The Arctic ice cap is melting at an unprecedented rate due to human induced global warming, according to a new study conducted by 300 scientists and elders from native communities in the arctic. Over the last 30 years the ice cap has shrunk 15-20 per cent. With the build up of greenhouse gases, primarily carbon dioxide, the trend is set to accelerate with forecasts that by the summer of 2070 there maybe no ice at all.”…
About 40 percent of the floating ice that normally blankets the top of the world during the summer will be gone by 2050, says James Overland, an oceanographer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory. Earlier studies had predicted it would be nearly a century before that much ice vanished.”