Climate Change: Warning Signs Mount As Arctic Sea Ice Levels Experience Dramatic Drop

Arctic Sea ice levels have dropped to one of their lowest minimum according to a recent report. Sea ice “extent” measured at 1.7 million square miles is nearly 700,000 square miles below the average reading, according to data released by the National Snow and Ice Data Center just recently.

The last nine years have exhibited alarming readings for the region, adding more weight to the anxious projections of climate experts about the detrimental implications of global warming for the planet. Measured this summer as being the “fourth” lowest for the Arctic Ice Extent, the readings lend little leverage to climate experts for any optimistic projections.

Margaret Williams, managing director for Arctic programs at the World Wildlife Fund, painted a bleak picture for the region in a recent statement

“Dwindling sea ice is a stark reminder of the destruction climate change wages on our most vulnerable wildlife and communities. The dramatic loss of summer sea ice during the warmest year on record is further evidence of our dangerous dependence on fossil fuels.”

Some experts have been tolerably candid about their projections of entirely ice-free summers for the Arctic belt by the end of the next decade and of the possible existential implications for the indigenous communities of the region. The impact on wildlife for instance has thus far already been far-reaching.

Scientists have projected “Record High” temperatures for 2015, tipping it as the warmest year ever recorded. Temperatures around the world have already soared past calculations of the preceding year by a fair margin. Soaring sea temperatures may well decelerate the ensuing effect of cooler temperatures foreseen for the latter part of the year.

A cursory glance at global temperature readings over the previous 15 years is distinctly disconcerting. Data points out to a previously unprecedented spike in global warming in the 21st century, with 2014 being the hottest ever on record sitting at an astonishing 14.57 C. Elevated sea levels and deteriorating ice conditions along the Arctic as well as the Antarctic abetted by increasingly violent and spasmodic weather patterns have been evident enough precursors for an unsparingly torrid 2015. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had earlier reported that global average ocean temperature between January and July this year has been recorded as the highest ever in more than a century.

Meanwhile, scientists and global warming advocates have continued to scrupulously monitor the dwindling East Antarctic Ice Sheet and its potentially disastrous consequences.

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