You Are Melting 600 Square Feet Of Arctic Sea Ice Each Year

Posted: Nov 4 2016, 10:56am CDT | by , Updated: Nov 4 2016, 11:30am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
You are Melting 600 Square Feet of Arctic Sea Ice Each Year
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  • We are All Responsible for Climate Change

It seems that we are all responsible for climate change. A tenement-sized chunk of Arctic ice melts due to each American’s activities on an annual basis.

Everyone of us is responsible for climate change. An average American causes 600 square feet of Arctic sea ice to melt each year. This was so according to a study that took place recently. Something as simple as a journey by car for some vacation time could trigger this effect.

The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Science, delved into the links between carbon pollution and Arctic ice. It seems that man-made carbon emissions play a big role in global climate change.

Summer Arctic sea ice will probably be gone within a generation’s time span. This will automatically result in more fiery weather trends. The only alternative that is left for humanity to partake in is the lessening of fossil fuel consumption, according to USAToday.

Sea ice is frozen oceanic water that melts on an annual basis each summer. It freezes once again in winter. The summertime quantity of sea ice has been decreasing annually by 34,000 square miles. All this has been verified thanks to observation, statistics and many computer simulations.

The drought in California is one of the reasons behind the lessened sea ice. Also the huge snowstorms along the East Coast are a contributing factor to this trend. Since several animal species also depend on Arctic sea ice for their survival, they will be facing tough times ahead.

Especially polar bears could face certain extinction if such circumstances continue indefinitely. Not all of the news is bad news though. The clearing of the Arctic sea ice will lead to greater shipping activity in the region.

Since the past 40 years, the Arctic sea ice has been halved thanks to global warming. Despite the silver lining, this phenomenon confirms humanity’s worst feat which is rising coastal water levels.

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