A disturbing report from NASA.

About the 2022 Artic Summer Sea Ice.

There’s no way to make this pleasant; the Arctic Summer Sea Ice tied for the tenth lowest on record.


This image visualizes sea ice change in the Arctic using data provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Global Change Observation Mission 1st-Water “SHIZUKU” satellite, which is part of a NASA-led partnership to operate several Earth-observing satellites. The visualization can be accessed at https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/5030. Credit: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio.

According to satellite observations, Arctic sea ice reached its annual minimum extent (lowest amount of ice for the year) on Sept. 18, 2022. The ice cover shrank to an area of 4.67 million square kilometers (1.80 million square miles) this year, roughly 1.55 million square kilometers (598,000 square miles) below the 1981-2010 average minimum of 6.22 million square kilometers (2.40 million square miles).

The average September minimum extent record shows significant declines since satellites began measuring consistently in 1978. The last 15 years (2007 to 2021) are the lowest 15 minimum extents in the 43-year satellite record.

This visualization, created at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, shows data provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), acquired by the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR2) instrument aboard JAXA’s Global Change Observation Mission 1st-Water “SHIZUKU” (GCOM-W1) satellite.

Music: “Celestial Vault” from Universal Production Music

Video credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Kathleen Gaeta (GSFC AIMMS): Lead Producer

Trent L. Schindler (USRA): Lead Animator

Roberto Molar (KBR): Lead Writer


As I said, a sorry tale for which there is no good news. I wish there were!

14 thoughts on “A disturbing report from NASA.

    1. Thank you for your reply and welcome to this place. The world would be a very different place even well before we reached that scary point. Indeed, scary isn’t the right word; don’t know what is the right word!

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    1. Change of topic, as it were, but I am now in a position where I could really look forward to your guest post. Best way is to submit your post to my email address: paulhandover (at) pm (dot) com

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      1. I shall get on with it! I have been finalising a manuscript for my next book, but should be able to get something over to you in the next week or so. 🙂


  1. Jean and I had to go out briefly and we were discussing today’s post. Jean thought that all thinking folk were very scared about the implications of what was happening. Right across the world, she added.
    But then when we looked at the movers and shakers, especially the political leaders, they predominantly danced to a different tune; that of power and all that flows from having that power.
    My belief is that Jean has put her finger on the truth of the situation!


  2. The polar icecaps are the air conditioners of our home. When they’re gone, we’ll fry.

    I find it just a tad ironic that I’m unable to persuade folks to turn off their car engines when they’re sitting there idling in hot weather; their reasoning is invariably “Oh, I can’t switch the engine off, it’s much too hot today, I must have the air conditioning on.”

    An epitaph for humanity might be, ‘They achieved their goal of maximising short-term thinking’.


    1. Colin, we have the same problem over here with idling car engines. I seem to have woken this morning thinking of that famous saying of ‘Nero fiddling while Rome burned’. Too many of our species are fiddling while the planet burns.

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