Many articles over the last several weeks have been pointing out the gigantic warning that humanity is receiving from the massive loss of ice in the Arctic. It is an undeniable sign of the planet’s warming, and it is only going to get worse unless humanity takes action:
- ‘This is the loudest wake up call’: National Geographic documentary ‘The Last Ice’ warns of the dire consequences of melting sea ice
“The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world,” Dr. Enric Sala, executive producer and National Geographic’s Explorer-in-Residence said in a panel discussion following the film’s premiere on Oct. 7. “The Inuit are really the human face of global warming, and all these activities that produce all this carbon pollution are not in the Arctic region, they are mostly in a world where we are or farther south, but they are suffering the consequences.”
- ‘Frightening Milestone’: Scientists Sound Alarm Over Record Amount of Open, Iceless Sea in the Arctic
Climate scientists and activists responded with alarm Thursday to reporting that this is the latest date in recorded history that “the main nursery of Arctic sea ice in Siberia has yet to start freezing,” another example of the present-day consequences of human-caused global heating. According to the Guardian, “The delayed annual freeze in the Laptev Sea has been caused by freakishly protracted warmth in northern Russia and the intrusion of Atlantic waters, say climate scientists who warn of possible knock-on effects across the polar region.”
In August, Adrienne White – an ice analyst at the Canadian Ice Service who monitors the Canadian Arctic for changes in sea ice – was reviewing satellite imagery when she spotted something remarkable. The enormous Milne ice shelf, which was the last intact ice shelf in Canada and which White had studied closely before as a PhD student, was dissolving. A huge chunk larger than Manhattan, roughly 43% of the shelf, broke off in one piece. And as it collapsed into the ocean, it took with it much of the equipment her former colleagues had left there.
Will humanity do anything to solve this crisis? Will it undertake the immense global effort necessary to reverse all of the damage that has been done?
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