Brace yourselves, Winter is coming. A piece of breaking semi-climate change related news has come out of the Arctic. The North Pole no longer looks like a lake as it did a week ago. It's frozen now, just as it's supposed to be.
The internet exploded at the end of July when eye catching images surfaced of a large body of water where the North Pole ice cap should be, quite obviously because it appeared to be some awful consequence of global warming. The two phenomena aren't strictly related though according to scientists from the North Pole Environmental Observatory who were quick with the realism.
"The formation of these ponds and their disappearance is part of a natural cycle," said Alex Schweiger head of the Applied Physics Laboratory's Polar Science Center at the University of Washington last week. But that doesn't mean we should ignore any potential links. He told LiveScience, "It's important to recognize that these ponds may be linked to global warming, but the questions are more: How many and how deep they are, and when they appear and when they drain."
It's entirely possible that the ice on the North Pole might even melt again this year. Of course, it's possible that the internet will freak out again, but apparently it's normal. That does not mean however, that we don't have some serious climate change related problems on our hands. No sir, it does not. [Discovery News]