A statement from the Russian environmental monitoring agency on Thursday says that the melting in the polar ice cap is nearing the 2007 record minimum levels, and in some instances is 50% smaller than the average.
In 1998 a group of scientists proposed a mission known as CryoSat to study the planet’s poles. In 2005 the first satellite was lost due to a launch failure. However, at the 2011 Paris Air and Space Show, the first map of sea-ice thickness from ESA’s CryoSat mission was revealed, and has gone far beyond what was expected.
In the longest study to date of changes in polar ice sheet mass, researchers funded by NASA have found that the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are losing mass at … [Read full article]