CO2 and Melting Sea Ice

One ton of CO2 added = 3 square metres of sea ice melted

News Release from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
November 3, 2016

For each ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) that any person on our planet emits, three square meters of Arctic summer sea ice disappear.

This is the finding of a new study that has been published in the journal Science this week by Dr. Dirk Notz, leader of Max Planck research group “Sea Ice in the Earth System” at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and by Prof. Julienne Stroeve from the National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Boulder, Colorado, and the University College London, UK.

These numbers allow one for the first time to grasp the individual contribution to global climate change. The study also explains why climate models usually simulate a lower sensitivity – and concludes that the 2°C global warming target will not allow Arctic summer sea ice to survive.

For more information see:
CBC News Report – Arctic Sea Ice Calculator


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