7 reasons why Arctic sea ice matters
The vanishing veneer of frozen ocean isn’t just important for polar bears.
What are the impacts of the Artic sea-ice loss?
The melting sea-ice opens up the possibility for increased shipping, tourism, and oil and gas exploration but also political disputes and mapping problems.
Arctic ice melt breaks another record
Scientists who study sea ice have blamed a combination of natural fluctuations and human-caused warming for the increased loss of ice.
Oldest, thickest sea ice is vanishing rapidly in Arctic, NASA finds
The sea ice is shrinking at a rate of 15.1 percent per decade.
It’s no secret that the planet’s glaciers are melting. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that sea levels have risen from 6 to 8 inches in the past 100 years. Some experts estimate that sea levels will rise as much as 20 inches by the year 2100, which could wreck havoc on coastal cities.
NASA has been mapping deteriorating glaciers in the Antarctic through the Operation IceBridge program, called “the largest airborne campaign ever,” over the world’s polar regions.
How NASA is tracking Antarctica’s sea ice
Melting Arctic causes snowier winters
Melting sea ice in the Arctic may be causing the snowier winters the northern hemisphere has experienced in the last 2 seasons.
Live camera follows Siku the polar bear cub
The adorable cub, whose name means ‘sea ice,’ is raising awareness about the diminishing ice that’s essential to the survival of his species. Now you can watch him live in high-definition.