31 May '14, 6pm

Invasive Species More Likely Now That Polar Ice Is Melting

Invasive Species More Likely Now That Polar Ice Is Melting

Supposing that the melting Arctic ice isn’t causing sea levels to rise… supposing that it’s not displacing polar bears and other mammals… supposing that it’s not putting the world’s fresh water supply at risk… supposing all of those reasons were neither valid nor a cause for concern, now there’s fear that invasive species will spread into foreign ecosystems due to this rapidly melting ice. With two-million-year-old ice blockades now out of the way, a pair of new shipping routes have opened. The Northwest Passage goes through Canada, while the Northern Sea Route connects the Bering Sea and Barents Sea from Russia all the way to Norway. As the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center worries , these passageways are leaving ecosystems vulnerable to outside organisms taking over. Introducing new life forms into other ecosystems is a volatile situation. Precedent has shown us ...

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