clima
31 Jan
  • By Lizzie Lynch

Climate Change In The Arctic: A Global Warning.

The Arctic climate is changing.

It’s been happening for years and we have received numerous warnings from scientists yet there is still a lack of action being taken to combat this issue.

The Arctic consists of the most northern parts of the earth and because of it’s climate, the surroundings are unique.  The sun only sets and rises once a year which means that there are six continuous months of day followed by six continuous months of night.

This may seem very strange to us as we are accustomed to the sun rising and setting daily but for the people of the Arctic, this is the norm.

Four million people live in the Arctic, which includes parts of Alaska, Canada and Scandinavia.

The Arctic is said to be one of the most beautiful parts of the world because of it’s environment.

You can see large deep blue lakes and tall snow-topped mountains. There are also massive jaw-dropping glaciers and unique wildlife to be seen.

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Unfortunately, the picturesque surroundings of the Arctic are changing right before our eyes and scientists and environmentalists alike have become increasingly worried about the rising temperatures affecting the Arctic.

The Arctic is warming almost twice as fast as the rest of the world.

There are 3 main reasons why this is dangerous:

  1. Rising temperatures result in the melting of glaciers which will increase the global sea levels.
  2. Snow and ice in the Arctic will melt which will result in an international temperature increase as the Arctic won’t be able to reflect heat back to space.
  3. If the Arctic is warmer, it could potentially stop the Gulf Stream which is responsible for bringing warmer weather to parts of Europe.

By the year 2100, it is estimated that the sea levels will have risen by one metre and the Arctic temperatures could rise by 7°C.

Climate change in the Arctic is not a localised problem and will be felt globally, even our small country would not be safe from this issue.

In fact, the majority of Ireland is at sea level so if the waters rose by just one metre it could have a detrimental and lasting effect on our beautiful country.

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Climate change is happening due to the “Greenhouse effect” which is when the Earth’s atmosphere traps the heat that is being radiated towards space.

Certain gases in the atmosphere, like carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide, contribute to the greenhouse effect.

Habits like burning fossil fuels and biomass and deforestation increase the concentration of these gases which results in more heat being trapped in the atmosphere creating a warmer earth.

Drastic changes need to be made in order to stop this from happening and there are organisations like WWF (Worldwide fund for Nature)  who are actively working to stop climate change but there are also things you can do at home to help.

Simple household changes like recycling plastic, paper and glass, using your dishwasher and washing machine on a lower temperature and walking more instead of using the car can all have major impacts on the environment.

Together, we can stop climate change and save the Arctic.

Sources:
http://wwf.panda.org//
http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/footprint/climate_carbon_energy/
http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/where_we_work/arctic/what_we_do/climate/
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Lizzie Lynch

Lizzie tries to do her best to make a positive change in the community and she regularly volunteers
to help the homeless and the elderly living alone. She’s also been part of an organisation called
Junior Achievement and has gone to schools to teach children from disadvantaged areas.
She has taken part in numerous fundraising events for many different charities and organisations.
She’s done everything from fasting to skydiving from 10,000 feet.

Her hobbies include gaming, reading, playing the ukulele, zumba, cooking and trying to befriend her
grumpy pet hedgehog, Peeves.