BEIJING, Nov. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- Global warming is happening twice as fast in the Arctic as anywhere else and could cause everything from the extinction of polar bears to the flooding of large parts of Florida, says a study released
Global warming is happening twice as fast in the Arctic as anywhere else and could cause everything from the extinction of polar bears to the flooding of large parts of Florida, says a study released yesterday.
The study said the annual average amount of sea ice
in the Arctic has decreased by about 8 percent in the past 30 years, resulting
in the loss of 386,100 square miles of sea ice, an area bigger than Texas and
With "some of the most rapid and severe climate
change on earth," the Arctic regions' melting contributed to sea levels rising
globally by an average of about 3 inches in the past 20 years, the report
This most comprehensive study of Arctic warming to
date adds yet more weight to the projections by many of the world's climate
scientists that there will be a steady rise in global temperature, the result of
greenhouse gases released by the burning of fossil fuels and other sources.
The Arctic is warming now and the process is only
likely to accelerate. That would threaten the lives of polar bears,
ice-dependent seals, caribou, and reindeer herds, as well as the local people
whose main food source comes from hunting those animals.
According to the study, in the next 100 years, the
yearly average temperatures will increase by 7 to 13 degrees Fahrenheit over
land and 13 to 18 degrees over the ocean. Enditem