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When temperatures stay warm during the fall or winter, snow doesn’t fall, or we hear of yet another ice shelf collapsing off Antarctica — like it or not, global warming has our attention.
The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) reported that the Arctic’s average temperatures late in 2008 were 7 degrees Fahrenheit above normal.
This accompanies findings that the Arctic ice sheet melting continues, with the summer ice sheet coverage 25% below 1979-2000 averages.
The summer ice extent in the Arctic has been on shrinking trend for years now. 2010 was no exception.
The summer ice melt in the Arctic wound up creating a minimum ice extent that is the 3rd-lowest since satellites began tracking Arctic ice coverage back in 1979.
Recent summer ice extents are typically measured against an average that was recorded from 1979 to 2000.
More About Global Warming
While many people may find this news just another alarming footnote in our planet’s march toward ever-warming temperatures, the problem is finding solid information about global warming and what it means for our planet.
- Do your research, and don’t get all your information from just one source.
- While there is plenty of proof Earth has been getting warmer in recent decades, we need to know more about why this is.
- If we are going to try and curb warming trends, we need to learn some comprehensive ways that we can all help.
There are many people who do not believe that global warming is being caused by humans’ activities since the Industrial Revolution.
Yet, whether we cause warmer global temperatures or not, the point is that we are caught in a trend of temperatures which are increasing every year and facing the meltaway of Greenland’s and the Arctic’s ice caps.
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