12 Sep '11, 10am

Blog: Does the Arctic melt matter?: Do polar bears really matter? Who cares if Arctic melts?

Just about every environmentalist I know hears the news of the melting ice in the Arctic and reacts with a sense of horror. But in the pub the questions are: does it really matter? So what if the polar bear goes extinct? Aren't there bigger issues to worry about, like destruction of tropical rainforest and the acidification of the oceans? There are three reasons why I think the melting of the Arctic matters: 1. Is it a visible and measurable sign that climate change is happening. Sea ice levels are the lowest for probably 8,000 years. If politicians and some of the media aren't particularly interested in reading the thousands of pages of scientific research that says global climate change is happening then hopefully they will spare the time to look at the photographs and maps. If they do then perhaps they will stop the dithering and doubting and get on with the job of cutt...

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