Polar Sea Ice the Size of India Reportedly Vanishes in Record Heat By Alister Doyle

Summary of Article: Rising global temperatures have resulted in record lows for the amount of sea ice off Antartica. Against this trend, ice floating in the Southern Ocean has expanded. However, ice is now shrinking at both ends of the planet. Scientists believe it is due to man-made greenhouse gases, and El Nino. Temperatures in the Arctic were 20 degrees above normal some days in November. This year could be the warmest one on record. Almost 200 governments last year agreed to phase out fossil fuels this century. Donald Trump has threatened to pull out of this agreement. This could also result in a huge rise of sea levels.

The extent of polar sea ice on Dec. 4 was about 3.84 million square kilometers below the 1981-2010 average, according to NSIDC satellite measurements

Check out this animation to see how polar sea ice has changed over time!

The low polar sea ice due to man-made warming is an extraordinary departure from the norm.

Analysis of Article: This article is noteworthy because this is a huge problem that people cannot overlook. This is no longer just a problem for the future. This is effecting different species that live on the Earth today, particularly those who live at the poles. The more information spread about the issue, the more people can take into consideration that man-made warming and greenhouse gases are real. We can make a plan to save the environment, and prevent this drastic rise in temperature that is causing our sea ice to melt. There are different people in governments in the world that make it tricky to come up with a plan, which is understandable. However, I do believe this matter is pressing enough to make drastic changes. This article spreads awareness. Perhaps people with conflicting views could be convinced.

One result of the rising global temperature is the destruction of habitats for different species.

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.

This graph shows the decline in size of polar sea ice over the years.

Watch this video to find out what the professor was able to discover

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