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The Environment

It sure is a good thing that climate change is a “Chinese hoax“…

Arctic sea ice could disappear completely through September each summer if average global temperatures increase by as little as two degrees, according to a new study by the University of Cincinnati.

Historically, September is the month that sees the Arctic Ocean’s least ice cover during the year after the short polar summer. Ice recedes from June to September, and then in September it begins to grow again in a seasonal cycle. The less summer sea ice the Arctic has, the longer it takes for the Arctic Ocean to ice back over for the polar winter. That could spell bad news for Arctic wildlife such as seals and polar bears that rely on sea ice for survival.

Limiting warming to two degrees is the stated goal of the 2009 Paris Agreement, the international effort to curb carbon emissions to address warming, but limiting the warming to two degrees may not be sufficient to prevent an ice-free Arctic Ocean, say the researchers. Read on.