Dorsi Diaz, writing about climate change for the San Francisco Examiner, notes:
Last month, satellites showed that the Arctic sea ice had dwindled to the smallest size ever observed by man. Thirty years ago, when satellites and submarines first started measuring the amount of ice, there was almost twice as much ice as there is now. The vast polar ice cap, which regulates the Earth’s temperature, has retreated further and faster than anyone expected, alarming climate scientists.
‘This is a defining moment in human history,’’ said Kumi Naidoo, director of Greenpeace International in Amsterdam. ‘‘In just over 30 years we have altered the way our planet looks from space and soon the north pole may be completely ice-free in summer.”
‘‘Fossil fuel companies are still making profits despite the fact that climate change is so clearly upon us. Our politicians are putting corporate interests above scientific warnings and failing in their duties to the public,’’ Kumi also stated.