It is no secret that global warming is slowly destroying our planet, despite the fact that many choose to refuse the truth, A recent scientific survey brings even more evidence and it focuses on the impact of global warming in the Arctic.
Everything is affected, from the climate to the landscape. Coastal erosion is accelerated by the rising glacial melt. Tundra is also affected and its growing seasons have shifted. And these are just a couple of things from the list. Researchers are very concerned and claim that the Arctic is in a state they have never seen before.
“Combined with unusual storm systems, you can get these oﬀ-the-charts changes in the Bering Sea. Last year, with no sea ice and no pool of deep, cold water, pollock were found in the north Bering Sea where they don’t usually go. The question was if they will spawn in the new location or not, and it doesn’t seem that they did. When this happens two years in a row, it becomes really important. The Bering Sea is now in a state we’ve never seen before,” explained co-author Jim Overland from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Global Warming Is Making The Arctic Fall Apart
While these changes will have long term effects on our planet they also affect the indigenous communities in the Arctic right now.
“Almost all of the changes described in the paper, including warming air temperatures, thawing permafrost, retreating sea ice, increased river discharge, and changes in the arrival of migratory species have direct impacts on the residents of Arctic communities, particularly those near the coast,” explained Andy Mahoney from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
In the Arctic live many” indigenous peoples, recent transplants, hunters and herders, and city dwellers,” which are directly affected by these changes.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.