The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have discovered a dangerous trend in the Arctic. They explored the warming and sea ice melting rates over the past millennia, and discovered the area hasn’t suffered such a decline in the ice levels in 1,500 years or even more. Also, the situation will probably not get better.
Ice is thinner and temperatures are higher in the Arctic
The Arctic is going through one of the warmest period is has ever undergone, and it’s highly unlikely that it will return to its old frozen state. Its permafrost has started thawing at an alarming rate, and this event will probably affect the entire world, not only the northern region.
These sudden high temperatures and the change in the sea ice can have a huge impact on the entire planet. They influence the jet stream, which can influence the climate of other countries, including US. Also, as the Arctic gets warmer, the rest of the world starts experiencing extreme weather phenomena. The recent wildfires in California and the sudden temperature drops in the southern and eastern part of US are likely a result of this sudden change at the North Pole.
This calls for greener sources of energy
Among the high temperature in the air and the thinner layer of ice, researchers noticed how the water temperature has also increased. The plankton has also started blooming, as sunlight is now reaching deeper into the ocean. The tundra covering most part of the Arctic is now greener, and has already started replacing the ice.
All of these phenomena influence weather anywhere in the world, as many regions in Asia and North America now experience less snow than they used to. This means the seasons have been greatly affected, which threatens biodiversity. Therefore, environmentalists are militating for a reduction in the greenhouse gas emissions, and an embracing of green energy sources.
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