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In 30 years we've lost 75% of Arctic sea ice: What do you think we should be doing to save the Arctic?#SaveTheArctic

In 30 years we've lost 75% of Arctic sea ice: What do you think we should be doing to save the Arctic?#SaveTheArctic

If there's one fact to remember which underlines the urgency in protecting the Arctic it's this: in 30 years we've lost 75 per cent of the Arctic sea ice. That ice is not only a pristine environment supporting threatened species like the polar bear - it also supports us. By reflecting the suns rays back into space, the Arctic ice acts as the world's air conditioner, cooling our planet down. This in turn underpins our agricultural systems which when shaken, push millions over into hunger and worse. The Arctic ice is a life supporter, but we're destroying it. Our obsession with dirty energy has melted three quarters of that ice in a little over three decades. Here's BBC Newsnight explaining the 75% figure: Some people compare Arctic sea ice amount by looking at the surface area of the ice and calculating how much it contracts by. But if you want to know how much of the ice i...

Full article: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/climate/30-years-weve-l...

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