Climate Change and Arctic Wildlife

Climate Change and Arctic Wildlife

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The World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) reports troubling news for Arctic wildlife. Due to record high temperatures and declining sea ice, arctic wildlife are seeing their home literally melt away. After 15 consecutive months of record breaking high global temperatures as of July 2016, sea ice is not able to sustain through the Arctic Summer. This has resulted in a 29% decrease in sea ice extent from the 1981-2010 average and an average 34,000km² of sea ice loss per year since 1979.

Based on this data, the WWF says the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet. The implications of the problem includes an increasing risk to arctic wildlife, commercial and industrial fisheries, an increase in competition as nonnative species migrate to the Arctic and stay longer than normal, changes in vegetation and an increase of shipping in the Arctic.

 

To read more about the implications of an increasingly warm Arctic, click here.

 

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