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Could the glaciers melting in the Himalayans be a positive thing?
The ice in the Arctic Ocean had retreated to its lowest point on September 16. Winter has set in and the ice should start reforming on the sea.
Arctic sea ice shrank to its lowest recorded level in the more than thirty years of satellite images. This visualization from NASA shows the extent of the sea ice on 26 August 2012. The yellow line shows the average minimum level of the sea ice for the years 1979-2010.
The above image from the Global Drought Monitor shows the extent of the drought worldwide as of August 2012. More than 152 million people are living in areas experiencing exceptional drought (the dark red areas), which is defined as “exceptional and widespread crop and pasture losses; exceptional fire risk; shortages of water in reservoirs, streams, and wells creating water emergencies.”
The Australian government has declared the giant kelp forests off the coasts of Tasmania, Victoria, and South Australia endangered.
A massive summer storm settled over the Arctic and melted a lot of the ice just with the wind and the pressures caused by the storm. Not all the ice is gone, but it’s noticeable in the satellite images, just over the last week.
Massive ocean eddies about sixty miles in diameter help move carbon from the ocean’s surface into its depths, where it stays for hundreds or thousands of years.
Humpback whales stay longer in Antarctic waters than previously believed, according to a new study from Duke University.
Think globally, act locally. That environmental slogan popular in the eighties is still just as relevant as this author’s visit to Alaska really shows.
As global temperatures rise, glaciers retreat, affecting the landscape and wildlife around them. Salmon depend on the glaciers to maintain their habitat. Without it, salmon and the people who depend on them for their livelihood may be in trouble.
The current drought is the sixth most severe drought in the United States. The drought is affecting vegetation, including crops.