Alaska’s Malaspina Glacier was one of the biggest blocks of ice back in 1984, but due to climate change, scientists nowadays realized that the massive glacier is currently melting. The Malaspina Glacier which once was of the size of the Manhattan Island now is slowly diminishing. Annually, the Malaspina Glacier together with other glaciers from the St. Elias Mountain Range in Southeast Alaska was discharging into the ocean approximately 84 gigatons of water.
Over the past 30 years, the Arctic was one of the most affected areas by climate change, on Terra. Due to these drastic changes, government officials, spokespersons of indigenous groups and scientists get together to present the first Arctic Science Ministerial at the White House. This meeting is destined to prove the Arctic as a vital, though poorly, appreciated area on Earth.
Experts are very concerned about the rapid growing of the meltdown, which is unparalleled. Because of climate change, the temperatures are increasing twice as fast as the rest of the planet. The fastest rate of melting ice debilitated into the water ever registered is happening now and it is leading to a global rise in sea levels.
Along the Arctic coast, whole villages were lost because of climate change. This made possible the creation of the first climate refugees. Enormous pieces of ice are now defrosting, increasing erosion and permitting more dangerous gas emissions to enter the atmosphere. Scientists have made us aware of the fact that whatever happens in the Arctic, does not only affect that area, but the whole planet.
The warm temperature in the Arctic is destabilizing the entire planet’s climate. It is unsettling the weather patterns to which we were all used to. This matter also bestows to dangerous waves of heat, conducting to dry winters and droughts in the Northern Hemisphere, where almost 90 percent of the planet’s population encounters.
Climate change endangers animals, rises the level of water, and has affected the Arctic in such a way that now the Northwest Passage, which was frozen for hundreds of years, is now making navigation possible during summer. Las month, a journey which could not be possible several years back, was now made by 1,000 passengers who crossed the waters to New York City. Those waters were blocks of ice in the past.
Having in mind this serious climate change problem, would you consider taking part in a climate change organization? Would you try to help the environment somehow?
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