The Impact of Melting Arctic Ice

The consequences of melting Arctic ice on the future of our planet and mankind is a matter of speculation and scientific debate.  The link between melting Arctic ice and colder winters appears implausible; however, according to a recent Scientific American article entitled “Arctic Sea ice hits record low” this is exactly what some scientists are predicting.  Because a warmer Arctic Ocean would affect the jet stream, this could result in either unusually cold, or unusually warm, winters in the U.S. Northeast and Europe.

Click for more infoBut what about the people who live in the Arctic?  How are they coping with the impact of melting sea ice?  In her book In the empire of ice : encounters in a changing landscape, Gretel Ehrlich describes her circumpolar encounters with indigenous people in the face of a changing climate.

Climate change in the Arctic is a cause of great concern and there are many organizations addressing this issue.  One such body is the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum to promote cooperation among the Arctic states.

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Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change

It might be tempting to blame Hurricane Sandy entirely on global warming and climate change, but there is no consensus among scientists that this is the case.  However, most climate experts do agree that the intensity of the storm was at least in part related to changing global climate. The havoc Sandy wreaked on the Caribbean and the U.S. East Coast last month was of mammoth proportion and there are thousands who are still suffering the consequences.

For more information from the David Suzuki Foundation, click here.

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This Scientific American article looks at a dangerous aftermath of Sandy, water pollution.