Do you like the charming beauty and atmosphere created by snow and ice? Do you love the wild creatures populating the cold regions of this planet both in the Arctic and Antarctic?
Beyond that, you must know that this ice plays also a vital role in our planet’s life.
“Sea ice is frozen seawater that floats on the ocean surface. It forms in both the Arctic and the Antarctic in each hemisphere’s winter; it retreats in the summer, but does not completely disappear. This floating ice has a profound influence on the polar environment, influencing ocean circulation, weather, and regional climate.” (earthobservatory.nasa.gov).
Unfortunately, scientists observed – and it’s not a secret any more (Ed.) – that all of this may disappear and with it, the living beings too eventually.
That’s why we decided to share with you this video that will show how Arctic ice isn’t just melting away: it’s getting younger every year.
The video shows the Arctic progression from 1984 to 2016. The grey area is the 1 year old ice and the white one is several years old. It is much thicker and tougher…and it is slipping away.
After all these years, it’s been observed that in October 2016 there has been less ice than ever before.
According to the NASA Earth Observatory, natural variability and global warming both appear to have played a role in this decline.
“Many global climate models predict that the Arctic will be ice free for at least part of the year before the end of the 21st century.”
Therefore, to save the Arctic and ourselves, one way could be “quitting fossil fuels…yesterday!”.