Lisa G Saw
The scientists agree that climate change is happening and I've seen first hand the impact of this on the Arctic and the Polar Bears. The weather this winter was very mild, as a result of which the arctic sea ice wintertime extent reached a record low, the second year in a row. For the polar bears in Svalbard, they have to travel further north beyonds the islands in order to reach the pack ice to hunt/feed in the summer. Some bears won’t be able to make the journey, such as cubs-of-the-year who are too small/weak to swim such large distances. They will be forced to remain on the islands with their mother and will have to scavenge for whatever food they can. Unfortunately, the majority will not survive their first year.
The sad reality is, polar bears are likely to go extinct in our lifetime, because the habitat on which they depend for food is at threat, which ultimately threatens their very survival. It is in our hands to make the changes necessary to try and prevent climate change from worsening and to help protect the planet in which we live.
If you wish to FIND OUT MORE about climate change, I've included some links below which you might find interesting.
NASA report on Arctic Sea Ice Annual Minimum
NASA and the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado at Boulder report: Arctic Sea Ice Annual Minimum Ties Second Lowest on Record. This link will take you to the report and also some other interesting related articles. It also gives you a chance to see a map of the ice as its extent changes during the year.
The Guardian article on Arctic Sea Ice Record Low
There was an article in The Guardian relating to this record low (mentioned above) with a chart which shows a comparison of the ice extent with other recent years. Plus, it also explains why the thinning of the ice promotes more melting of the ice, without getting too technical.
Greenpeace and Climate Change
If you want to find out more about Climate Change and what we can do to help then you'll find all sorts of related interesting articles on the Greenpeace website.
Extreme Ice Survey
Whilst on my recent Arctic Expedition we were shown a really interesting film called Chasing Ice which is all about the Extreme Ice Survey which was set up by photographer James Balog. They have set up cameras to watch over 24 glaciers around the world taking photos every hour, year-round during daylight and then created time lapse videos to show how the ice is changing. You can read all about this project by clicking on this link. Included on their website are some of these time lapse videos, which are simply amazing. It really opens your eyes to the climate change problem.
The second links is to a 20 minute You Tube video in which James Balog talks about the extreme ice loss, linked to the Extreme Ice Survey.
James Balog talks about extreme ice loss
TED Talks - Ideas Worth Spreading
I came across TED Talks when looking for links to the work of James Balog (above). TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. To FIND OUT MORE click on this link.