North pole ice melting

North Pole ice melting

North Pole ice melting

In the last two decades the scientists have repeatedly drew attention over the danger of North Pole ice melting. Several surveys were conducted during this time and each one appears to confirm the inevitably ice melting in the North Pole area.

At first the figures were not so disturbing showing just a small acceleration in the melting process, with some solid consequences in one or two centuries. This created the illusion that the ice cap melting is not a serious threat and could even be prevented with drastic short-term actions.

Currently is estimated that the ice cap is shrinking with around 9% per ten years so if this high rate melting continues, we might end up with no ice around the North Pole by the end of the century. The ice melting consequences already show their severity as the wildlife, plants and native people need to adapt to the new environment conditions.

The largest block of ice that had been for more than three millenniums, named Ward Hunt Ice Shelf has split in half in 2000 and now is breaking into smaller pieces. The wildlife living on the ice block was severely affected because the natural freshwater lake that existed on the ice block poured into the sea. The animals and the natives were forced to change their feeding and migration habits.

The ice cap melting is not affecting only the North Pole region, speeding up the global warming. The ice cap acts as a natural cooling zone reducing the overall heating process. As the ice melts, the cooling capacity is reduced the earth absorbs more heat and in this situation the global warming it’s accelerated.

The most important step to stop the North Pole ice cap melting is to save energy and reduce the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. If we really get involved in fighting global warming we could save the North Pole ice cap from full melting.

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