Global warming will turn the Arctic from white to green if the Nature Climate Change journal findings are accurate. The new study maintains that green areas in the region could increase by up to 50 percent in the next several decades.
The climate change report also claims that the Arctic could support more plants and see growth at altitudes much higher than are currently possible. The researchers also believe the global warming in the cold climate will have an impact on the rest of the world. The new “color scheme” will attract and absorb more of the sun’s heat. The Albedo effect reportedly means that more energy stemming from the sun will be absorbed in the Arctic region.
As the global warming study stated, the light color of the snow and ice in the sea have a higher albedo. Such geographical features are light in color and reflect the sun’s energy back to space and enhance the coolness of the climate.
If the Arctic turns green in several decades like the study suggests, the lower albedo of shrubs, plants, and trees absorb light to a greater degree and will reportedly warm the environment around them.
A stated released by Woods Hole Research Center climate change expert Scott Goetz reads:
“These impacts would extend far beyond the Arctic region. For example, some species of birds seasonally migrate from lower latitudes and rely on finding particular polar habitats, such as open space for ground-nesting.”
Goetz also believes that the overall impact of the greening of the Arctic would be positive. The climate change researcher also thinks the region will experience greater warming than has been predicted. Areas the global warming study says will become greener in just a few decades includes far-north Canada, Alaska, and Siberia.
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