How will the ecosystem be affected once the ice is gone? How will it affect the creatures that depend on the ice to survive?
Once the ice is gone, it will be almost impossible to be what we once were. Animals will be affected, the climate will change, and the earth as a whole will be completely changed. The oceans will rise and cover land, islands and continents, submerged under water. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “in the last 100 years the sea level has risen about 6 to 8 inches”. Because our economy is advancing so quickly, our newest and latest materials, cars and houses, are producing much more pollution than ever before. If the oceans rise and cover our land, then houses, roads, and businesses will be ruined. The homes of animals will be completely destroyed. We as humans and animals, will lose the land that separates our lives, which could cause us to be on top of one another. Polar bears are being impacted the most. They depend on the ice for food, shelter, and even though they can swim up to 100 miles, their young can’t swim that far and eventually the adults get tired which usually ends in them drowning. ACIA informed us that, “loss of polar bears is likely to have significant and rapid consequences for the ecosystems that they currently occupy.” Because they are the at the top of the food chain, if they disappear, the rest of the chain will have great consequences. Species will overpopulate and not have enough resources to survive. The ice is home to hundreds of species and when gone, the entire ecosystem will crumble.