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Dirty Aviation’s Melting the Arctic: Researchers Find a Mind-Blowingly Cheap Solution – December 21, 2012

Simply rerouting plane flights around the Arctic will delay sea ice melt and prevent up to 2 percent of global warming, say researchers

Arctic sea ice is at an all-time recorded low in 2012, and dirty aviation plays a part. But new research shows that simply rerouting plane flights around the Arctic will delay Arctic sea ice melt, prevent 1.75 to 2 percent of global warming, and have a 50-fold return on investment in the US alone. Will governments and airlines listen?

photoname Image by NASA/Goddard Scientific Visualization StudioSatellite data reveal how the new record low Arctic sea ice extent, from Sept. 16, 2012, compares to
the average minimum extent over the past 30 years (in yellow).

Data from NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data… more

by: Anirvan Chatterjee

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