The Guardian reports that a scientific expedition to the Hudson Bay was cut short due to the dangerous sea conditions the melting Artic ice is causing.
“It was a really dramatic situation,” said David Barber, the expedition’s chief scientist. “We were getting search and rescue calls from fishing boats that were stranded in the ice and tankers that were stranded trying to get fuel into the communities. Nobody could manage this ice because it was far too heavy to get through.”
Barber, a climate change scientist at the University of Manitoba, and the other scientists did what they could to help the Coast Guard rescue the vessels and carved a path for the tankers. They also took the time to study the ice that surrounded them, discovering that much of it was the multiyear ice typically seen in the high Arctic.
Above, a video in which Paul Beckwith, a climate system scientist and professor at the University of Ottawa, explains how the polar cap will collapse and what to expect. It doesn't sound pretty. Additional reading: The Rains of Antarctica are Coming.
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