The North Pole is supposed to be one of the few places in the world that is always covered by ice. But researchers have been watching its Arctic sea ice slowly melt over the years.
Mark Serreze, from the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado, says “The issue is that, for the first time that I am aware of, the North Pole is covered with extensive first-year ice.” And first year ice is extremely thin, so that’s not a good thing.
Due to warming temperatures attributed to global warming, the ice is getting so thin that it’s breaking apart. Which means ships that could not sail across the frozen terrain before can now explore undiscovered territory.
What’s even worse is now that the ice is melting and is allowing for human exploration, countries like Russia are fighting for the region’s potential oil reserves.
Do you see why global warming is such a catastrophe, not only to the environment, but also to our entire eco-lifestyle?
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We hope all of these situations are addressed so we can continue to find new ways to stop global warming from devastating our world’s natural resources.