16 Sep '11, 1pm

Arctic Ice Melt 2nd Greatest Ever Seen - Daily Green

The Arctic melt is considered a bellwether of climate change, since the Arctic is warming faster than other parts of the globe. (Worldwide, August ranked as the eighth warmest since record-keeping began in 1880.) While loss of sea ice doesn't directly affect sea levels (imagine ice cubes melting in a glass of water) it can release the "cork" holding back glaciers, and the warmer water can contribute to melting on land, both of which can cause sea levels to rise. Projected sea-level rise from climate change is one direct and costly threat to taxpayers in coastal cities around the world. (Imagine the damage from storm surge from a Hurricane Irene if sea levels were a foot or two higher .) Weather patterns and ocean ecosystems supporting important commercial fish around the world are also influenced by the Arctic.

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