Are the polar ice sheets melting?

By | February 24, 2017

Polar ice sheets melting

According to a new scientific study, the answer is an alarming yes, at the rate of three times faster than in the 1990’s. This has our experts worried, since the accelerated  speed of the melting is causing a rise in our oceans.

The current worry is the ice sheet in Greenland. This sheet covers most of the island and is melting at the rate of 290 billion tons a year. Compared to the rate in the 90’s, which was around 55 billion tons a year.

A huge difference that has experts wondering how much has to be revealed before people understand the need for stopping the greenhouse gasses that are currently polluting our atmosphere.

On the rise

One worry is that the melting ice will add to the depth of our oceans, leading to major changes in how storms effect coastal areas. NASA ice scientist Erik Ivans believes that the melting ice has added at least a half inch to our oceans, adding extra push to every wave that hit during super storm Sandy.

It takes about 10 trillion tons of ice melting to add an inch to our ocean levels. Since 1992 we have lost 5 trillion tons so far, adding about a half inch to the oceans level.

Scientists believe all the fossil fuels we are burning are creating gasses that hod the heat in our atmosphere, thus melting our ice caps.

If we continue down this path we will be looking at drastic changes associated with life at the polar ice sheets.

While we are on the right path with changes we are making in our use of electric cars and such, more needs to be done to slow down these effects.


A challenge

Running out of ice

This picture is typical of what the wildlife are facing in the wake of all this melting, and one has to wonder what will become of these animals once the ice sheets are depleted.

We can still do many things to slow down and even stop this before it gets so out of hand.

Every person needs to become more aware of this and practice healthy alternatives to today’s practice of burning fossil fuels.

The extremes of today’s water supply are interesting. Most of the world needs to be drinking filtered water, and at the same time we have warming melting polar ice sheets. Makes one wonder what will become of our precious gift of life.


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