Polar Ice Caps
Lately, you may have noticed, popping up in your Facebook feed, or reading the major news websites, some dry, fairly academic-looking images of the North Pole, coupled with stories about “record melting”.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that you’ve heard this story before, that the “polar ice melting” story is done to death. The idea of ice melting is, after all, tremendously mundane.
But this is no ordinary ice. This is the Arctic. It, too, melts all the time, which is why it’s so easy to overlook what’s happening at the moment. There is more to the melting of the polar ice cap than simply warm weather turning solid water to liquid. The Arctic ice is the canary in Earth’s coal mine – it is where the impact of the heating of our atmosphere hits first and hits hardest.
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