Concerns raised over the rapidly melting ice in the Arctic regionSeptember 17th, 2010 - 10:26 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Sep 17 (THAINDIAN NEWS) New figures by NASA has listed this year as the hottest one in over 130 years and this is leading to record quantities of ice melting away. Even though the Arctic’s quantity of ice didn’t reduce as much as three years ago, a significant amount still melted this year according to American researchers.
Even though the arctic is melting at a high pace every year, it still looks to have a considerable level of ice for tens of years to come. Many problems are however expected in 30 to 40 years to come. Global warming has caused many bad effects like the rapid melting of ice leading to increasing sea levels in many places around the world. Many islands are disappearing as a result of that.
The rapid melting of the Arctic’s ice is also being very problematic for narwhals. The effects of the melting ice are not as dangerous as the disappearing land, which results in rising sea levels. It’s estimated that the sea levels will increase by 22 feet in the event that the whole arctic melts. “But the 2040/2050 figure that’s been quoted a lot — that’s still on track. It could end up being wrong, of course, but the data we have don’t disprove it,” according to NSIDC researcher Walt Meier.
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