On Saturday, August 19, 2000, the New York Times reported that the North Pole is melting. “The thick ice that has for ages covered the Arctic Ocean at the pole has turned to water, recent visitors there reported yesterday.” For the first time in fifty million years, there is open water at the very top of the world. “It was totally unexepcted,” said oceanographer Dr. James McCarthy, the co-leader of a group working for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change. Dr. McCarthy was a lecturer aboard a Russian icebreaker that takes tourists to the North Pole during the summer, normally breaking through six to nine feet of ice. For the first time in the ten years the ship has been making the voyage, according to the captain, it has encountered water instead of ice at the North Pole.
A critical part of the sudden climate change scenario is that the oceans must warn enough to melt substantial amounts of polar ice. This will flood the polar oceans with fresh water, causing temperatures in these oceans to rise. This will weaken the fundamental currents that exchange heat across the planet, leading to the kind of weather upheavals predicted in The Coming Global Superstorm.
Sydney Levitus, chief of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations Ocean Climate Laboratory, the principal author of a new study that reveals that the oceans are indeed warming rapidly, sasd, “we’ve known that oceans could absorb heat…Now we see evidence that this is happening.”
For only the second time since monitoring began in 1912, there have been no icebergs reported in North Atlantic shipping lanes. The International Ice Patrol reports that anywhere up to a few thousand bergs normally drift southward from western Greenland to the Grand Banks off Newfoundland. Iceberg season, which runs from February to the end of July, normally brings hundreds of iceberg reports. The reason for the lack of icebergs is that waters around the Grand Banks are three to five degrees warmer than normal. This could mean that excessive melt is taking place, and flooding the sea with dangerous amounts of fresh water that could destabilize the North Atlantic Current, which is crucial to our present climate.