The Arctic is melting, says scientist

The Argus, Melbourne, Vic. Saturday 31 May 1947meltarctic1947

Los Angeles (AAP) A mysterious warming of the Arctic climate is slowly manifesting itself, said Dr Haas Ahlmann, Swedish geophysicist at the University of California yesterday.

If the Antarctic ice regions and the major Greenland icecap should reduce at the rate of the present melting, he said, the oceanic surfaces would rise to catastrophic proportions. People living in the lowlands along the shores would be inundated. Temperatures in the Arctic had increased 10deg Fahrenheit since 1900, an “enormous” rise from the scientific standpoint.

The level of waters in Spitsbergen area in the same period had risen 1 to 1½ millimeters a year.

The Canberra Times, Saturday 31 May 1947temprise1947


LOS ANGELES, Friday. Dr. Hans Ahlman, a noted Swedish geophysicist, claimed that a mysterious warming is manifesting itself in the Arctic and if the major ice cap at Greenland should be reduced, the oceanic surfaces will rise to ”catastrophic proportions,” inundating people living in lowlands along the shores.

Dr. Ahlman urged the establishment of an international agency to study conditions on a global basis. Temperatures had risen 10 degrees since 1900. The navigable season along Western Spitzbergen now lasted eight months instead of three.