According to reports today, it is more than likely that there will be no ice on the North Pole this northern summer. The northern ice pack has been steadily melting for years and this will be the first time in modern times that this type of event has occurred. According to the US scientist who is predicting this, there is a 50% probability of the event happening.
What amazes me is that people can still deny global warming and that human activity is to blame for the warming crisis. Surely this is further proof that global warming is occurring and that something needs to be done about it as soon as possible.
There will be dire consequences should global warming continue at it’s current rate, let alone the rapid increase in warming that is taking place. Certainly shipping will benefit from having a northern sea free of ice and Greenland may enjoy being able to plant more varied crops, but there are major problems with global warming. There will be continued water shortages across whole continents, major changes in environments and habitats, as well as the decline and probable extinction of certain species, such as the Polar Bear that needs ice to survive. Severe weather events are already growing in number around the world and bringing chaos to major cities and remote areas alike.
Now is the time to act and perhaps the rapidly rising fuel costs will force the necessary changes upon us.