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Arctic Sea Ice - Methane Release - Planetary Emergency
AMEG is presenting to the
All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group
Tuesday, 13th March, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Committee Room 8,
House of Commons,
London SW1A 0AA
AMEG will set before the APPCCG new evidence that shows that because of rising sea and air temperatures the Arctic is in a state of rapid collapse, with a high probability that the Arctic will be completely ice-free at its summer minimum as early as 2013 and having no sea-ice in the Arctic for six months of the year by 2018-20.
At the same time, thawing and release of previously frozen methane previously trapped under the Arctic sea bed and in the surrounding tundra, is also increasing alarmingly, a process that will accelerate as the Arctic sea responds to the loss of sea-ice protection. Evidence will be presented of what is actually happening in the Arctic, in regard to the reduction of the ice sheet, the rate of methane release and details of the basic driving mechanisms in the form of warming ocean currents and increasing solar absorption in the region.
The meeting will also focus on the possible ways of halting this process and managing the level of the solar radiation currently reaching the Arctic and will explore the challenges inherent in applying the technology in one of the most inhospitable regions on Earth.
Panellists will include:
• Peter Wadhams, Professor of Ocean Physics, Cambridge
• John Nissen, Chairman of AMEG
• Stephen Salter, Professor of Engineering Design, Edinburgh
Arctic Methane: Why The Sea Ice Matters
Methane Hydrates: Hazard or Resource
Paul Beckwith at Ecoshock
Saving the Arctic Ice
Nathan Currier describes responses to the emergency in the Arctic in the post Saving the Arctic Ice: Greenpeace, Greenwashing and Geoengineering (#1), concluding that geoengineering will have to be part of the action.
AMEG issues policy brief
AMEG issues policy brief, urging immediate government action.