On the Tip Of the Iceberg
Written by Stacey Khizder
Since 2014, scientists have been monitoring a crack in the Larsen C ice shelf of the Arctic peninsula. Earlier on Wednesday, scientists announced that the crack has broken off into the largest iceberg ever recorded, measuring at about the size of Delaware. The ice-age squirrel may not be the only one to blame...
While scientist say there is no immediate impact, they also say that this break has been anticipated as a natural geographical occurrence, and are still investigating if climate change had an impact. However, according to the EPA, sea surface temperatures are inexplicably getting hotter by the year. This means that if the massive iceberg reaches any warmer waters, which it will, then it can increase the sea levels surrounding the world’s largest cities.
If scientists’ rising sea level predictions are accurate, places like New York City and Miami may be irreparably flooded within the next 50 years. Not only does this have a detrimentally physical impact on the planet, since that does not seem to worry a large portion of policy makers, but the effects of climate change and global warming will plummet the economy, drain the world’s resources, and take a chronic toll on civilization as we know it.
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