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"If All the Greedy People that Pollute can get Together & Show Strength in Unity – then Honest, Environmentalists Must Do the Same. You See – It’s as Simple As That.” George C. Keefe - ENCASEMENT Guy

Thursday, October 05, 2023

The world is witnessing a chilling phenomenon that could have far-reaching consequences for our planet's climate.

Antarctica, a place known for its extreme cold and vast expanses of ice, is experiencing a crisis like never before. 

Recent reports from scientists have revealed shocking data - the sea ice around Antarctica has hit an all-time low, with ominous implications for our environment.

In this blog, i'll dig into the astonishing facts surrounding crisis, explore the reasons behind the rapid decline in Antarctica sea ice, and discuss the global ramifications of this alarming trend.

Read on to discover the shocking statistics and why we all should be deeply concerned about the state of the polar regions, how it affects us and if we don't act now we are all screwed.

Traditionally, sea ice in Antarctica follows a cyclical pattern, growing and melting with the changing seasons.

However, this year, something extraordinary has occured. At the end of the Southern Hemisphere's summer, usually around February, Antarctica sea ice typically reaches its minimum coverage.

Astonishingly, this February, scientists reported that Antarctic floating sea ice had plummeted to an all-time low, breaking previous records.

But the shocking news doesn't stop there.

The end of winter, around mid-to-late September, marks the time when Antarctic sea ice should reach its maximum extent.

However, this year, it reached its annual maximum coverage on September 10th, a staggering 13 days earlier than the historical average.

Even more concerning, tha annual ice coverage measured just 6.55 million square miles, a daunting 398,000 square miles less than the previous record low recorded in 1986.

Leading ice scientist Twila Moon at the NSIDC expressed her astonishment, stating, "it is surprisingly low". What's particularly worrisome is that there has been no recovery towards previous higher extents during the Antarctic fail and winter.

This suggest a year-round influence that is driving this crisis with far reaching consequences.

Why should you care about the Antarctic sea ice reaching record lows?

The answer lies in the critical role se ice plays in safeguarding our planet's delicate balance.

Sea ice acts as a natural shield, protecting the adjacent ice sheets. When sea ice diminishes, less sunlight is reflected back into space, causing the waters to warm up.

This warming effect can destabilize the surrounding ice and glaciers, leading to a surge in sea levels that threaten coastal regions around the world.

Furthermore, with less sea ice, coastlines become significantly more exposed.

This lack of a protective buffer leaves melting ice shelves and ice sheets vulnerable to rapid deterioration, potentially triggering catastrophic consequences for global sea levels and global climate crisis to unfold.

Its not just Antarctic facing a crisis; the Arctic is also experiencing a distrubing trend.

In a separate announcement, the NSIDC reported that Arctic sea ice extent at the end of this summer was the sixth lowest in nearly 45 years of satellite records.

This extends the worrying trend that the last 17 years have seen the lowest Arctic summer sea ice extents on record.

The decline of sea ice in both polar regions underscores the urgency of addressing climate change.

These developments serve as a stark reminder that the effects of our actions on the environment are far-reaching and affect every corner of the globe.

The alarming decline of Antarctic sea ice and the ongoing crisis in the Arctic are clear signs that our planet is in peril.

The consequences of these polar ice losses are not confined to these remote regions but have profound implications for all of us.

As stewards of our planet, it is our responsibility to heed these warning signs andntake decisive action to combat climate change.

The time to act is now, for the fate of our world hangs in the balance.

We must collectively strive to protect the polar regions and safeguard the future of our planet for generations to come.

"You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water." Rabindranath Tagore.

"If All the Greedy People that Pollute can get Together & Show Strength in Unity - then Honest, Environmentalists Must Do the Same. You See - It's as Simple As That." George C. Keefe - ENCASEMENT Guy




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