Arctic Melting Twice As Fast As The Rest Of The Planet

“Now onto something that not only shows how … much we humans have impacted our environment. This is a comparison shot of the same place in the Arctic. The first was taken in 1917 and the second in 2020. They show just how much the Arctic ice is melting. Scientists say it’s melting at a rate that’s twice as fast as the rest of the world, with dire consequences for the warming of the planet.”

50 Photos that Really Put Things into Perspective

A glacier shrank between 1917 and 2020, and the only possible explanation is that humans caused it.

“Prof. T. G. Bonney has some very interesting things to say in “Nature” on what he calls “the shrinkage of the world’s ice mantle.” There has been a general retreat, he says, of the European glaciers since 1861.”

21 Nov 1908 – THE WORLDS ICE MANTLE. – Trove

26 Jul 1905, Page 1 – The Topeka Daily Capital at

22 Oct 1903, 2 – The Newton Journal at

16 Aug 1902 – Alpine Glaciers Disappearing. – Trove

“The shores of the continent form two large open bays, which were terminated (July 12, 1794) by compact, solid mountains of ice rising perpendicularly from the water’s edge and bounded to the north by a continuation of the united, lofty, frozen mountains that extend eastward from mount Fairweather. In these bays also were great quantities of broken ice, which, having been put in motion by the springing up of a northerly wind, were drifted to the southward.”

The Fairweather ice-sheet extended then some 40 miles south of its present limit in the bay

– April 1896

The National Geographic Archive | April 1896 | page 1


26 Nov 1903, 2 – The Marshfield News and Wisconsin Hub

Wayback Machine

13 Oct 1910, Page 7 – Aberdeen Herald

02 Nov 1922, Page 1 – Great Bend Tribune at

History of Glaciers in Glacier National Park

National Geographic Magazine Archive


The Present Climatic Fluctuation on JSTOR

National Geographic used to know that glacial behavior was associated with solar activity.

National Geographic : 1967 Feb, Page 194

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8 Responses to Arctic Melting Twice As Fast As The Rest Of The Planet

  1. GWS says:

    “The only possible explanation…”
    Indeed, how could there possibly be any other explanation? I can’t think of one!

  2. arn says:

    As 90% of all glaciers are in greenland and antarctica
    they are pretty much useless to prove anything in terms of global climate
    as almost all are located in an area that’s just 3% of earhs surface.
    Therefore even a superconstant(or even cooling) global climate can result in shrinking of a huge numbers of glaciers as result of a local warming climate shift in those regions..

    (Considering that we have a constant increase in sea levels for centuries
    of 1.8mm per year an overall constant shrinking of glaciers should be the expected trend)

  3. gregole says:

    The Klimate Klowns are whipping a dead horse. No one gives a rip about the Arctic anymore in regards to planet shattering tipping points. Whatever is going on up there climate-wise it ain’t much as far as much different than it ever was.

    The only scare tactic they had was ice-free Arctic; and demise of those cute, cuddly, simply adorable polar bears. Google “Polar bear eats seal alive” to see for yourself how fragile and threatened these poor creatures are.

    It’s clear the Arctic isn’t melting away; no matter how much trick photography is done, and polar bears? Plenty of polar bears.

  4. Conrad Ziefle says:

    Glaciers began to melt at the end of the Little Ice Age. Who would have thought.

  5. Torgo says:

    “it’s melting at a rate that’s twice as fast as the rest of the world”

    Since there are many areas of the world that aren’t melting at all, since there is no ice there, I’m not so sure that the assertion makes any sense at all.

  6. scott allen says:

    Hasn’t the Jakobshavn glacier gained ice and advanced for the past 5-6 years.
    Just like all the other glaciers on greenland have.

  7. Works4Me says:

    1) Water melts The Wicked Witch of the West much faster then the rest of the world.
    2) Icy water causes more shrinkage in the entire world.

  8. Ulric Lyons says:

    Most Northern Hemisphere glaciers retreat during a warm AMO phase, which is a least during each centennial solar minimum, like in the 1880-1890’s and since 1995. The AMO shifted colder in the early 1900’s and through 1965-1995 because of stronger solar wind states driving positive North Atlantic Oscillation regimes.

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