21 Jun '12, 5pm

What happens in the Arctic doesn't affect us, right? If only it were that simple, says @benayliffe #savethearctic

Earlier today at the Rio Earth Summit, Greenpeace joined forces with a host of famous names to demand that the uninhabited area of the High Arctic that lies around the North Pole be legally protected and kept off-limits to the companies and governments that are desperate to see it exploited. But why should we bother? What happens in the Arctic affects us all. Besides acting as a planetary air-conditioner , the region is a bellwether for the health of our climate and the global ecosystem. The Arctic is warming faster than any other place on Earth. Ice is disappearing at unprecedented levels and with it the habitat of species like the polar bear, while the way of life of the 4 million people who live above the Arctic Circle is changing forever. As the ice melts and is replaced by large patches of dark, open water, even more of the sun’s heat is absorbed and the melting incre...

Full article: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/climate/drawing-line-ar...

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