At Recogn.ice, we don’t really like money, we like ice. That’s why we talk about ‘square meters’ rather than euros or dollars. However, since you’re unlikely to carry square meters of ice in your wallet, we invented the Price of Ice: 1 euro is 1 m2. Simple. Now, what are you waiting for!
From every donated euro, 60 cents go to the Cryo Fund, 30 cents to existing carbon fixing projects and the remaining 10 cents will be used to maintain and grow Recogn.ice.
Sea ice is a key component in system Earth – its highly reflective nature keeps the global climate relatively cool. Yet, the polar regions belong to the most rapidly warming regions on Earth: in some parts, temperature rise is four times higher than the global average. This has resulted in the dreadful decline of Arctic sea ice, as recorded by satellites since 1979.
In fact, every ton of emitted CO2 melts the equivalent of 3m2 of sea ice. This means that you, as an average citizen of our beautiful planet, are accountable for the loss of around 30m2 of sea ice per year. However, melting ice is not just a consequence of our emissions – it acts as a major amplifier of global warming!
Here’s why: wherever sea ice disappears, a dark ocean surface emerges. This low-reflective open ocean surface is known to typically absorb 6 times more solar radiation than a surface covered with bright sea ice and snow, which has a much higher reflectivity. In other words, energy from the sun that was once reflected back into space by the ice and snow is now being absorbed into the ocean. This causes a vicious cycle of warming, which amplifies the warming effect of greenhouse gasses by 25 to 40 percent.