Posted March 24, 2020 12:18:14The Arctic is home to some of the world’s most pristine, untouched, and unique environments, including an area rich in salmon, bison, sea otters, seals, sea lions, walruses, and the rare, endangered, and threatened species of walrus.
This region is also home to an enormous ecosystem of plants, animals, and insects that are vital to life on this remote island nation.
And now there’s growing evidence that the Arctic Ocean is being polluted, which could affect the health of the planet.
The global warming-induced melting of sea ice is the most severe and dramatic environmental change since the last ice age, which ended in about 12,000 years ago.
This summer, researchers in Norway, Denmark, the United States, and Russia have found that the polar ice cap has been shrinking at a rate of up to 50 percent since the mid-1980s.
The rapid decline of Arctic ice has led to the loss of significant amounts of freshwater habitat and species, such as polar bears, sea turtles, walrus, and polar bears.
This has led scientists to question the long-term sustainability of the Arctic ecosystem and the importance of its species.
But as we approach the beginning of the 21st century, the effects of these impacts are already being felt, especially in remote regions of the North.
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggests that the global carbon budget of the entire Arctic Ocean could be reduced by more than 30 percent by 2100 if we do nothing about climate change.
“The Arctic Ocean has already suffered from massive carbon losses, but what about the rest of the global ocean?
Is it really possible that we could all be out of the ice by 2100, if we keep ignoring climate change?” said lead author Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University.
We could be out.
The report finds that the majority of the area currently covered by the Arctic is likely to disappear in the next 100 years, with the largest areas being in the north, where Arctic sea ice currently stands at about 15 percent.
In the far north, the ice is declining rapidly, and scientists are worried about the consequences.
If the Arctic continues to shrink, it could lead to a significant increase in sea level rise and extreme weather events, the report warns.
“If the climate does not get warmer, we will all be in danger.
There will be extreme weather, and there will be more sea level rises.
We have a choice to make,” said lead study author Paul Tignor, director at the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
The Arctic Sea Ice Index, which measures ice extent in the region, is also down dramatically over the last 10 years.
The index has plummeted by almost 90 percent in the past 15 years, and experts are worried that the ice sheet could collapse in a matter of years if the global temperature continues to rise.
Tignor and Mann say that while the Arctic may be in trouble, there is no reason to believe that it’s completely gone.
They note that the area is still relatively large and there are still vast expanses of ice in the area, and some areas may be able to support more than a billion people.
There are also still pockets of sea level warming.
The Arctic Sea ice index has been rising in recent years, but the scientists point out that this is likely a temporary phenomenon that will soon return to the normal pattern of warming that has occurred over the past few decades.