The situation is alarming
Currently, parts of Antarctica are experiencing temperatures above 22°C on average. Normally, the temperature in the Antarctic region ranges from -45 to -50°C. But recently at the Concordia station in Antarctica with an altitude of 3.2 km above sea level, the temperature was recorded as a record when it reached more than 22°C. A 2019 study found that the loss of ice on half of the Antarctic continent has contributed to a significant rise in sea levels.
At the other end of the Earth, the average temperature at the North Pole is about 10°C. This is higher than the annual Arctic average recorded from 1979 to 2000. Currently, the Arctic is recorded as warming at a rate about two or three times faster than the rest. of the earth.
Melting ice poses natural environmental risks beyond human expectation.
Sea level rise from melting ice and climate change will continue to erode coastlines and increase flooding inland. Twila Moon, a scientist specializing in Arctic studies, warned of the consequences: “If you look at where people live, most of them are right on coastlines around the world. And if you look at the locations of most major cities like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, they’re right along the coastline.”
The change at the poles will affect weather systems around the world. The North and South poles act as weak points that help circulate seawater around the planet and help maintain the climate on land. As Arctic temperatures warm, convection currents weaken. This would cause unusually high temperatures to extend to the North Pole and very cold temperatures to Antarctica. This will lead to a freeze in Texas resulting in millions without power and hundreds of deaths.
Is it possible to restore the ice sheets at the poles? The answer is not possible! The temperature needs to be below 0°C to form and. But we’ll probably never get that ice back, because it takes thousands of years for layers of snow to pile up on top of each other to create giant ice sheets.