Shrinking ice caps and glaciers

By: Haleema Jaffer-Hirji

The Arctic is a big lever in climate

 

The shrinking ice caps and glaciers have the power to destroy planet earth. Melting ice caps are a threat to many places all over the world. If we don’t stop global warming, many low lying areas such as Shanghai, Lagos, Florida, Texas, and North Carolina are going to be taken over by the sea. These places are only 6 feet above the current sea level. Studies show that in the next 100 years, the sea will rise 20-40 cm more.

Arctic temperatures are rising twice as fast as they are in other parts of the world. Layers of ice are getting thinner and dissolving into the sea. The Arctic and the Northern parts of Canada may soon become ice free during the summer months. This is very harmful for the animals that rely on that ice: polar bears, seals, and walruses will have to change their living habits because of shortage of the ice.

If we don’t do something soon to stop global warming, there will be major consequences. Venus is about the same size as earth, and its atmosphere is mainly made up of GHG’s (green house gases.) The average temperature on Venus is 500 degrees Celsius! If we, on earth, don’t change our habits, this is what could happen to Planet Earth. What will happen in the future is up to us now. If we pollute, we will have to pay the consequences!

 

Environmental hour glass image:

http://www.cartoonstock.com/newscartoons/directory/k/kyoto_accord.asp

The Arctic is a big lever image:

http://whyfiles.org/211warm_arctic/images/pquote2.jpg

It is only a matter of time!

Environmental Hour Glass

Environmental Hour Glass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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