What further steps need to be taken? Scientists need support and materials to do more research on this issue, so that more information can be spread, and people can start adjusting their lives to better support our environment (ex: drive a fuel efficient car). The longer we wait, the worse it will get. The melting might not be able to be reversed right away, but we could eventually stop it.
My "Big Takeaway": I selected this article because global warming has been relevant for years, and it does not seem to be getting better. I believe that awareness needs to be spread about the melting polar sea ice because exposing this information to people could influence their choices. Of course we are not going to reverse this abnormal trend in a matter of days, but the sooner we start, the faster the results will be. I am curious to learn more about what could potentially happen if this doesn't reverse in the future, particularly about which animals may become extinct.