During the recent winter, a great part of the Arctic Ocean failed to freeze! Yeah, you read it right. It did not freeze completely as usually used to previously. And this phenomenon is spelling disaster for the wildlife there. This is eventually building up concerns — Is the region getting locked into a destructive cycle of irreversible climate change?
Satellite measurements are showing up with some astounding happenings at the poles. In March, the area covered by Arctic winter sea ice reached an all-time low! And last year, it was a slow as some 300,000 square kilometers! This is equal an area bigger than the UK.
This decline reveals an alarming new trend — even if this ice recovers in winter, it is no longer sufficient to compensate for increased melting in the summer. And if this trend continues, we will witness no more ice in the Arctic Ocean much earlier than expected. By 2030, that is.
Via: The Guardian