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05-07-2016

Global Warming - When A Picture Paints More Than A Thousand Words

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Arctic ice- before and after

The polar regions have been the focus of many mainstream biologists and scientists who are continuously demonstrating that global warming is now a reality and not a theory. As the earth's climate is constantly changing, we can see the effects in these Northern hemispheres directly. Many of us think of the Antarctic as some far off place that doesn't affect the rest of the world, and this kind of thinking is what has the world in so much denial about the truth of the matter. What happens in the Arctic directly affects the rest of the world and its populace.
Eco-systems that dominate the polar regions are responsible for survival of the human, animal and plant life. Our observations give us a clue as to how these systems have been damaged; as the snow melts, the suns energy is concentrated more and more on the earth planes causing temperatures to rise and sea water levels to overflow. This is called the albedo effect and it's causing alterations to the face of the planet. A recent photograph taken in 2012 compared with one taken in 1980 shows a frightening reduction in ice caps that can't be ignored. Climatologists are now predicting ice-free summer seasons in the Arctic region in the next thirty years.

The dangers of coral bleaching

Before the 20th century, the great Northern barrier reef was teaming with colourful life; thousands of aquatic animal species and plant life. Due to global warming, rising temperatures in the sea, and peculiar storm systems like earthquakes and volcanoes or tsunamis have caused alterations to the underground terrain. Coral bleaching (the whitening of the coral rocks) happens because the warm temperatures kill the natural algae and this of course has a knock on effect to all the inhabitants of the sea world. Our fishy friends keep the world turning and are greatly needed for ecosystems to operate normally. Healthy marine life is something we depend on to survive so saving it is paramount to the planet's survival. Professor Terry Hughes who hails from James Cook university in Townsville, conducted a survey of the region recently and found that only four reefs from the 520 he studied had not been affected by bleaching. These are serious statistics and should be a warning to us all.
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