Climate change in general and rising temperatures, in particular, are causing a lot of unpleasant scenarios around the world. Ice melting from the frozen regions of Earth represents one of them, and it’s a sure sign that urgent solutions are needed. The faster ice sheets melt into oceans, the faster sea levels are rising worldwide.
The Arctic is registering a negative record: the sea ice minimum is now below 4m sq km. This happens for the second time in four decades, and it’s a serious reason to concern.
Siberian heatwave is the culprit
Researchers from the National Snow and Ice Data Center were the ones providing the sad news. However, a realistic statement comes from Twila Moon, who’s a glaciologist at the research center in Boulder, Colorado:
“It’s fairly devastating that we’ve had such consistently low sea ice. But unfortunately, it’s not surprising,”
The decline reached its peak between 31 August and 5 September, and the culprit was a wave of warm air belonging to a heatwave in Siberia. The rate of ice loss during those days was more significant than during any other year on record. The Siberian heatwave was most probably caused by human-caused climate change.
Tom Foreman, who’s a polar wildlife expert and Arctic guide, declared:
“The numbers that we’re getting in terms of extent of sea ice decrease each year put us pretty much on red alert in terms of the level of worry that we have, our concern for the stability of this environment,”
Foreman also believes that the loss of ice threatens Arctic wildlife, which means from polar bears to plankton and algae.
Probably the best thing we can all do for our planet is learning how to protect it as much as possible. In the end, Earth is what we all have in common.