BEIJING, Dec. 12 (Xinhuanet) -- The melting of
the Arctic is accelerating and scientists estimate that the summer sea ice would
disappear in five years, media reported Wednesday referring to new NASA
Just last year, two top scientists
surprised their colleagues by projecting that the Arctic sea ice was melting so
rapidly that it could disappear entirely by the summer of 2040.
This week, after reviewing his own new data, NASA
climate scientist Jay Zwally said: "At this rate, the Arctic Ocean could be
nearly ice-free at the end of summer by 2012, much faster than previous
"The Arctic is often cited as the canary in the coal
mine for climate warming," said Zwally. "Now as a sign of climate warming, the
canary has died. It is time to start getting out of the coal mines."
It is the burning of coal, oil and other fossil fuels
that produces carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases responsible for man-made
For the past several days, government diplomats have
been debating in Bali, Indonesia, the outlines of a new climate treaty calling
for tougher limits on these gases.