Analysis of the Article: This article is noteworthy because it discusses a topic that is not talked about very often. When having a conversation about climate change and its effect on the Arctic, people mostly speak about melting ice, which almost always leads to a conversation about how cute polar bears are and how they need to be saved. While polar bears are important, and I, in no way, shape or form would like for people to stop caring about them, I believe that there are other issues, such as the one discussed in this piece, that are equally important.
This image clearly displays the decrease in sea ice.
This article manages to discuss the Arctic ecology more broadly, and explain what the increase of algae in the water will do to the organisms that are native to this region. Carl Zimmer very clearly explains the impact that global warming has had on the Arctic in terms of melting ice, and then writes about the impacts of this event. I personally hadn't had much (if any at all) knowledge about this particular result of climate change. In class, we have earned about algal blooms and impacts that these growths have on an ecosystem, but I didn't know that this was occurring in the Arctic Ocean. I certainly hadn't known about how much algal productivity could effect an entire food chain. For these reasons, the topic discussed in this article is very relevant and important to learn about.