First, I am not a full blown skeptic, but am just noting some issues with some of this stuff.
The fact the ice melted that fast shows problems with ice melt predictions being anything close to a viable formula. Unless global warming had already significantly thinned a permanent sheet of glaciated ice underneath, then I do not see how this helps the case of global warming (if anything it causes more questions).
The biggest question would be, if ice can melt that fast from a temporary change in temperature, then how can we use the ICE to determine anything.
The answer might be, well because some ice is so old we know it has been around so long and that never happens. That might be true, but then the question becomes, then why did a very temporary shift in temperature melt it suddenly.
After all, it's not like the variation in spring to summer temperatures would be so major to melt glaciated ice instantly in a few weeks.
I live in Maine, you know Maine where normally we have only three months a year of summer? Maine where we have a saying, "If you can't stand the winters you don't deserve the summers." Maine where we have another saying, "Air conditioned by Mother Nature"... Maine where in the 1700's we had a snowstorm in early July that destroyed all the crops... Some argue the song Old Susanna and the line "sun so hot I froze to death" was written about that event. Maine where I remember as a boy sledding down apple trees, the entire trees were covered by a thin layer of snow, "sledding down apple trees..." We had to dig snow tunnels to get out of the front door of our house. I recall my dad having to ski into town to get groceries. Maine where it was usually late August when the blueberries on the fields at the barons were often left to rot frozen to the bushes.
It is nearly the end of September now and we are still having heat waves here in Maine! Yesterday I walked several miles to and from an appointment wearing a dress shirt with the selves rolled up and I was sweating along the way. It is not just the polar caps it is events happening all over the place and yes even here in Maine.
It is questionable to think that we can drill into the earth and over the last 200 years or so since Edwin Laurentine Drake invented the oil derrick and burn many of billions of barrels of oil and not have it affect our environment. The oil vapors and toxins go up into the clouds and fall back down as rain to the earth and these toxins permeate everything, the ground, the ocean etc... . Just as burning dirty coal caused many of the lakes to die here in Maine from acid rain over a very short time with also paper companies planting too many pine trees with their acidic needles around the lakes.
I do not say this as only a democrat or a liberal progressive but as a ecologically minded person who grew up in a state that educated me in the basic workings of the forest and the environment as early as fourth and fifth grade.
The coral reefs off the coast of Florida and California are decimated. Forest fires in Colorado and record heat waves in nearly every state since these records have been being recorded are common place. Now record drought in most of the Midwest and the corn harvest this year has been nearly decimated over many thousands of acres.
Global warming has even slowed down the world economy by 1.6%.
Excerpt: Climate change caused by global warming is slowing down world economic output by 1.6 percent a year and will lead to a doubling of costs in the next two decades, a major new report said.
Currently it is 9am in the morning and it is 61 degrees in Maine "right on the coast with the open sea a few city blocks away" and again it is the end of September. This heat has not let up nearly ALL SUMMER... As for Greenland melting it seems to be an extension of this and neither political parties want to address this subject for fear of panicking the world markets and voters even more...
You can be skeptical but I suggest you bring some sunscreen just in case...
My father was a sea captain on oil takers for the merchant marines and his piloting license was 11 pages long... Near the end of his life he actively protested and testifies against the oil companies building refineries in northern Maine. Perhaps that is why we still have a thriving selfish industry here and are not experiencing the same horrific disasters seen in the Gulf of Mexico and all over the world. Disasters due to oil companies and their unscrupulous lobbying tactics to suppress the development and deployment of alternative energy sources...
The next time you sit down to feast on a Maine lobster, crabmeat, haddock etc.. you can thank my dad for his pivotal testimony during the hearings in Eastport Maine where big oil tried to muscle our Maine senators into allowing them to send tankers into Maine full of crude oil. The people voted big oil out even after they were told of all the jobs it would create... I recall in his testimony he said something to the effect about the shoals off the coast of Maine are jagged (that is why they call our coastline "rock bound"), the tides and Maine having the densest fog in the world even surpassing that of London England proved detrimental to the plans of big oil. Maine people in general value our state... My father also testified that it takes several miles for a supertanker to come to a stop...
Then there is another saying in Maine, "If you don't like the weather wait five minutes..." Well it has been hot and muggy all summer for the last few years...
Even if this is some sort of sun cycle... still, oil and coal are dirty fuel sources and cannot be good for human health and life in general over a sustained period of time... They must be replaced with cleaner energy sources. Nuclear energy is also not a long term solution for our energy needs and the fracking used in natural gas is not viable solution either. If our economy and that of the world were not so profit driven our energy crisis would have been solved long ago... I personally believe all natural resources belong to the people in general and not to corporations for their own greedy exploitation. Only a collective global, communal effort can solve our energy needs.