Study: Melting sea ice could help cool the planet by flooding the atmosphere with particles that deflect sunlight. - The study wa published by the American Meteorological Society. Australian research suggests climate modelers have underestimated a natural “thermostat” that helps alleviate the rise in temperatures: immense quantities of reflective compounds, emitted by marine microbes, that act like a handbrake on global warming.
'As ClimateDepot.com editor Marc Morano recalls, Princeton scientists theorized back in 1969 that a 600-foot-thick chunk of the Antarctic, as large as Asia, could break away. This ice shelf would reflect enough sunshine to trigger a new ice age.'
'Rescuers in Antarctica have safely transferred all 52 passengers stranded on the ice-bound research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy. The Shokalskiy has been trapped since Christmas Eve. Its 22 crew are expected to remain on board to wait until the vessel becomes free. The ice-bound research vessel has been trapped since Christmas Eve. One of the aims is to track how quickly the Antarctic's sea ice is disappearing'
'Global sea ice area (South and North Pole sea ice combined) is second highest on record for the date after 1988, and closing in the #1 spot. Antarctic ice is melting very slowly this summer, due to record cold Antarctic temperatures.'