US Military Releases Devastating Arctic Global Warming Satellite Images

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UK Guardian – The Observer, Sunday 26 July 2009

Revealed: the secret evidence of global warming Bush tried to hide:

Photos from US spy satellites declassified by the Obama White House provide the first graphic images of how the polar ice sheets are retreating in the summer. The effects on the world’s weather, environments and wildlife could be devastating

Satellite images of polar ice sheets

Satellite images of polar ice sheets taken in July 2006 and July 2007 showing the retreating ice during the summer.

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Graphic images that reveal the devastating impact of global warming in the Arctic have been released by the US military. The photographs, taken by spy satellites over the past decade, confirm that in recent years vast areas in high latitudes have lost their ice cover in summer months.

The pictures, kept secret by Washington during the presidency of George W Bush, were declassified by the White House last week. President Barack Obama is currently trying to galvanise Congress and the American public to take action to halt catastrophic climate change caused by rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

One particularly striking set of images – selected from the 1,000 photographs released – includes views of the Alaskan port of Barrow. One, taken in July 2006, shows sea ice still nestling close to the shore. A second image shows that by the following July the coastal waters were entirely ice-free.

The photographs demonstrate starkly how global warming is changing the Arctic. More than a million square kilometres of sea ice – a record loss – were missing in the summer of 2007 compared with the previous year.

Nor has this loss shown any sign of recovery. Ice cover for 2008 was almost as bad as for 2007, and this year levels look equally sparse.

“These are one-metre resolution images, which give you a big picture of the summertime Arctic,” said Thorsten Markus of Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Centre.

Barrow, Alaska is on the Arctic Ocean, about as far north as it is possible to get in Alaska.

IOW, Barrow is the northernmost town in North America.

There has always been summer ice there… but no more.

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    • Edger on July 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm
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    in the 30’s Celsius here in Vancouver all week. The historical average high in July here is 19 Celcius.

    30 ºC = 86 ºF. Sigh…

    Perfect Day – Lou Reed

  1. thats really mindbending.

    We’ve had several 100+ degrees F here this summer, so you made me go look at the almanac.  Seven days over 100 in June here this year. Almost unheard of … for June.

    But… that graphic… and it was… they had to “DEclassify” this info? holy shit.

  2. Let’s start an organization!

  3. Just in one year’s time — INCREDIBLE — SCARY!

    The Chicagoland area has had rain every other day, practically, sometimes raining daily for a few days — cooler than usual — definitely NOT Chicago weather.

    Everything those cancerous criminals did right down the line was to protect corporatists and themselves and it was to hell with the world and the American people.  It couldn’t be any more plain to see!!!!!

    • jamess on July 27, 2009 at 12:35 am

    they gave for “classifying” those images?

    Probably,

    “W’s Ass is on the line — ’nuff said!”

    Shelf em!

  4. More recent alternates on climate come about due to excess radiation from space affecting the earth’s protective layer.  Pole reversals are said to have contributed to the crash of airliners in the southern hemisphere.

    http://www.google.com/search?h

    But please,please sell me anything other than Big Al’s carbon based MOST Convienient Ruse.  Why not blame it on HAARP!  Or Chemtrails! Or Both.

  5. A Canadian astronaut aboard the International Space Station said on Sunday it looks like Earth’s ice caps have melted a bit since he was last in orbit 12 years ago.

    “It’s a very thin veil of atmosphere around the Earth that keeps us alive,” Thirsk said during an in-flight news conference. “Most of the time when I look out the window I’m in awe. But there are some effects of the human destruction of the Earth as well.”

    “This is probably just a perception, but I just have the feeling that the glaciers are melting, the snow capping the mountains is less than it was 12 years ago when I saw it last time,” Thrisk said. “That saddens me a little bit.”

    Sadly, it’s probably not “just a perception”, as the US Military Satellite images show.  The majority of us just don’t want to believe it, don’t know what to do about it, and don’t really understand how it will eventually impact us all personally.

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