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Author: qazulight Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 54103  
Subject: Re: How much ice is melting? Date: 9/11/2012 9:06 AM
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The HUGE effect of losing arctic ice cover is the albedo change. It goes from reflecting 90% (?) of solar energy to absorbing 90% (?) of solar energy.

I have seen that, but I am not confident that the results of this will be linear, maybe it is the noise that someone else was talking about, but a rise in cloud cover, especially in the tropics vice the arctic should have an significant offsetting effect. (At when I have flown over them, the clouds have been very reflective.)

A few inches rise in sea level would add a VERY SMALL amount to total sea area

I suppose this is correct, but how much more sea area will we have at a foot rise, and with that sea area evaporating more, how much more moisture will be pumped through the climate.

It just seems to me, that eventually we could end up with a warmer, milder, wetter climate due to increased global cloud cover.

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Qazulight
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