Change Comes to the Arctic: A Photographic Journey

12/8/09

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North Svalbard A big part of the problem is that as bright-white ice melts it turns to dark water. Ice reflects sunlight back into space but the black water just soaks it up, warming rapidly and melting the surrounding ice. That creates yet more dark water that melts yet more ice. This runaway feedback loop explains why temperatures are rising faster in the Arctic that anywhere else—and why it is the first place we should look for an early warning that climate change is on its way to the whole planet.

Alun Anderson is a member of Xconomy's board and the author of After the Ice: Life, Death, and Geopolitics in the New Arctic. Follow @

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  • peppanicky

    Yawn. Another NON scientific warmist attempt to evangelize….

    The pictures are wonderful though….

  • Too bad

    What a shame you weren’t around as the Ice Age (or the more recent Little Ice Age) ended. You could have rung the global warming alarms and ensured that nothing happened to change the Ice Age climate. Come to think of it, you would have been useful during the entire 4.5 billion years of Earth’s climate change history. What a shame, indeed.

  • http://www.gmail.com chazmine

    i hate ignorant actions such as this. great photography though.