Title: Red Ice
Topics: Climate Change, Current Affair, Environmental, Science, Nature
Year of Release: 2015
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At the end of July 2012, the whole Greenland icesheet started to melt at its surface for the first time in the last 30 years, since we have a satellite record. This unprecedented event has triggered the red alarm in the Poles.
The Polar regions are being affected by global warming much more intensely than any other part of the world. The global mean temperature has rised around 1.1 ºC since 1990, however in the Arctic and in the Antarctic Peninsula it has rised more than twice.
In the last years, for the first time ever, the ice sheet covering the Arctic Sea has not only reduced but disappeared during the hottest weeks in the summer, which has accelerated all the warming process there, because the white ice sheet reflects the sun rays, and when it melts, that reflection effect vanishes therefore the dark surface of the ocean absorbs much more heat and so all the process is accelerated.
Global warming threatens to change that whole fragile ecosystem even faster than in the rest of the world. The situation is becoming more and more dramatic each year and we are approaching a point of no return. What would happen if it occurs?