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Arctic Report Card: Dark Times Ahead


Environment  (tags: climate-change, destruction, ecosystems, environment, endangered, globalwarming, research, science, wildlife, weather, oceans, habitat, world, nature )

Carrie
- 742 days ago - scientificamerican.com
Conditions in the Arctic are slipping rapidly from bad to worse as the pace of climate change accelerates in that region. That's the message from an annual environmental assessment of the far North, released on Wednesday.



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greenplanet e. (157)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 3:33 pm
Tragic. We should be cutting greenhouse emissions and halting excessive Arctic melt. Poor Arctic foxes.
 

Yulan Lawson (156)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 4:46 pm
Yer, it's not looking good, I just hope it's not too late. We must turn around our attitudes, learn compassion for all creatures and all do what we can in small ways to make the difference.
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 4:56 pm

There is an albedo affect, that is when snow covered areas are hit by sunlight and reflect it back to the upper atmosphere. Less snow and snow pack means more absorption of sunlight and more heat, which in turn warms the water. It's an awful mess we have created and I don't see much sign of change.
 

Shelly Peterson (213)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 4:57 pm
Exactly why WE must fight, climate change!!..as indiviguals and continue to petiton ALL GOVERNMENTS, with logic and effectiveness!!!!!!!!!!..."THE BALL", OUR EARTH AND THE LIVES OF ALL HUMANITY AND ALL THE EARTH, ARE IN OUR HANDS, 2012 AND ON.....MAKE NO MISTAKE, IN YOUR MIND....WE ALL COUNT!!!RIGHT NOW, RIGHT HERE AND EVERY SECOND IN THE FUTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Terry V. (30)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 4:59 pm

Global Warming, forgetting home

Eve of Destruction
 

Florence Eaise (132)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 4:59 pm
Geat explanation Kit. This is so saddening i fer when i have grandbabies their will be no more animals left in the Arctic so very saddening great post Carrie
 

Christeen Anderson (551)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 5:00 pm
So sad.................
 

Ruth S. (298)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 5:04 pm
All the bad things that are happening in the world is human's fault!
 

iveta cer (66)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 5:18 pm
Sad news :(
 

Jason S. (57)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 6:06 pm
good posting, thanks
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 7:03 pm
Sadly noted.
 

Veronica C. (45)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 9:23 pm
So sad and scary.
 

rene davis (74)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 11:20 pm
I continue to do my bit to reduce my carbon footprint. That's the most responsible thing I can do, because the way I live my life dramatically effects the rest of the animal kingdom. I owe it them, to not squander the resources of this Earth.
 

Frans Badenhorst (560)
Monday December 10, 2012, 12:36 am
so sad that we are killing ourselves...pity...this earth is such a perfect system and now we destroy it...
 

Patricia H. (454)
Monday December 10, 2012, 12:42 am
noted
 

Robert O. (12)
Monday December 10, 2012, 12:58 am
How utterly depressing, but interesting nonetheless and good to know. Thank you Carrie.
 

Alexandra Rodda (177)
Monday December 10, 2012, 3:03 am
Of course it would be good to gather and burn the methane. The resultant CO2 would be less damaging than the Methane. The technical difficulties may make it impossible.
One would not like to cigarette - especially in the Tundra!
 

Benny R. (13)
Monday December 10, 2012, 3:58 am
How depressing - and there are still people who insist that it is all in our heads only, and that global warming is a a dangerous myth eternally repeated by some misguided liberals, treehuggers and hippies. Thank you.
 

Tanya W. (55)
Monday December 10, 2012, 4:25 am
Climate Change is here, there is no debating the validity of the condition. We must ask ourselves what can we do daily to reduce our greenhouse emissions, I am so glad that I make my own power through solar panels that feed the grid and power my energy needs,
 

Past Member (0)
Monday December 10, 2012, 4:31 am
Sadly noted.
 

Karen R. (87)
Monday December 10, 2012, 5:43 am
thanks
 

John Gregoire (264)
Monday December 10, 2012, 5:57 am
For the last 40 years we have seen a stedy northward movement of bird species. The poor arctic fox, polar bear and birds that breed in the arctic can go no further north. I am very much afraid that we are on the brink of the next mass extinction....and we caused it!
 

Chris C. (151)
Monday December 10, 2012, 10:10 am
I've predicted this tragedy and all the others for 20+ years...finally people are no longer telling me "it's a hoax"!or "it's due to normal changes"! But, it could be too late! It's being caused by Global Climate Change...which was and is, in turn, caused by humans! Leave it to humans to slowly destroy this formerly perfect earth!
 

Jade N. (22)
Monday December 10, 2012, 10:38 am
Thank you.
 

Dave C. (227)
Monday December 10, 2012, 10:39 am
sadly noted....we have to keep working and caring to stop the worst actions of humanity or it will be a great loss for all life....
 

Past Member (0)
Monday December 10, 2012, 12:21 pm
Stop eating meat and make that change now! Earth Mother is at our mercy and too much death and pollution is coming from the animal-based industries, supported massively by the majority of the human population.
 

Ana Fontan (16)
Monday December 10, 2012, 12:52 pm
Noted with sadness.
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Monday December 10, 2012, 1:02 pm
The Arctic foxes, polar bears and other Arctic animals that are threatened with extinction due to climate change are the "canary in the coal mine." We have to do what we can to educate those who are unaware of these facts and gain more people power in growing this movement. One fear is that the leaders of various countries, rather than addressing this in an intelligent way, decided to profit from it instead. Remember "Shell Oil is Drilling in the Arctic?" Various corporations are sending huge equipment to the Arctic to cut through ice that is now thinning so they can drill for oil....this is seen as an "opportunity" for them. Disgusting & sad!
 

Aaron Bouchard (145)
Monday December 10, 2012, 1:33 pm
Noted thanks
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Monday December 10, 2012, 2:12 pm
Thanks. I agree with Kit.
 

Muriel Servaege (48)
Monday December 10, 2012, 2:14 pm
Tragic. But as long as the right actions are not taken, there is no hope to change things for the better. And that's where the shoe pinches.
 

Nimue Pendragon (275)
Monday December 10, 2012, 5:13 pm
Noted thanks.
 

Sheila S. (65)
Monday December 10, 2012, 5:39 pm
Wish those beautiful babies could be safely relocated. It breaks my heart when I see photos of stranded polar bears and now this article. Very sad, indeed.
 

Jane Mckenzie (20)
Monday December 10, 2012, 9:11 pm
seems science not clear on this after reading full article and comments
 

LMj Sunshine (143)
Monday December 10, 2012, 9:37 pm
Very scary
 

michelle t. (41)
Monday December 10, 2012, 10:45 pm
Humans are stuffing the planet.It is time that all humans developed compassion for all animals and the environment.Ban hunting
 

Colleen L. (2)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 12:06 am
How depressing. Are people Ever going to wake up to what's really going on with the environment? Thanks Carrie
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 1:22 pm
Thx
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 4:39 pm
We need the polar ice caps to cool the planet! Without them, the sea in those regions would absorb a lot more heat.
 

Tal H. (8)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 5:20 pm
Thanks for the share! :(
 

Reggie Thomas (5)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 9:41 am
That's to see.
 
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