It’s still the Arctic meltdown….

It’s not exactly hot off the press, nor a sensational headline hit, but yes, the polar ice caps are still melting.  So is it true that the melting of the polar ice caps is no longer new enough to be ‘news’?  Is it any longer a shock or a matter of urgency that miles of Arctic ice is now literally slipping through our fingers? Athough the melting of the polar ice caps may be to some extent ‘old news’, the situation has far from disappeared.

A quick look at the latest stories regarding this Arctic meltdown show how its potentially disastrous effects continue to close in around us. The latest meteorological predictions are putting their money on noticeable changes in Northern Europeans weather systems, even within the next few months, as the wet, mild summer gives way to a possibly very harsh winter. According to The Guardian, this is backed up by past evidence, showing that warmer summers in the Arctic regions and therefore greater volumes of ice melting; often bring a harsh winter to its Northern European neighbours.  This is to say nothing about the increasing fears for indigenous wildlife and their habitats

The actual rate of the Arctic thaw is also a hot topic. Scientists claim that the ice is thawing faster than ever, breaking the 2007 record, when it was discovered that an area of ice larger than the US state of Texas had melted.  Furthermore, the methods used by scientists have recently been called in question, as the data collected by satellites regarding the amount of ice/ water in the Arctic regions have been disputed by eyewitness accounts of explorers and scientists who have braced the cold seas to enter in to the land of melting ice.

As the ice withdraws, others also begin to invade as the receding ice, reveals access to previously untouched oil wells beneath the sea. The controversial Shell drilling project was met with fierce resistance by environmental groups such as Greenpeace, which again raised the profile of the region’s endangered wildlife.

So although the melting of the Arctic ice caps is far from a recent revelation, it is perhaps too easy to disregard it as ‘wallpaper news’.  In fact, if you seek out the latest data or discoveries that are emerging from this waning wasteland, the picture of this imminent environmental crisis is far from bland…

News and information sources: BBC online, The Guardian, Greenpeace, BBC news online

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