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Polar Warming - Polar Bears and Global Warming

Updated on March 6, 2015

The near-surface temperature of the earth has increased by 0.6 degree Celsius over the last century. The largest environmental changes have taken place at high latitudes and or Polar Regions. One of the most pronounced warm periods had its peak around 1940 in Iceland. Over the next century, near surface air temperature will rise more in the polar regions than in any other parts of the Earth as a result of the increasing levels of greenhouse gases.

The Global impacts of this is a rise in sea-level due to loss of ice from the Greenland ice sheet and disintegration of a number of floating ice shelves around the Antarctic Peninsula. This will increase the risk of flooding and low-lying areas and islands will be wiped out. Global impacts will include a threat to biodiversity which is the survival of plant and animal species. The traditional way of life of indigenous people of Arctic, who depend on those animals and plants for their food, settlements, clothing, fishing and hunting, will be affected.

Results of a four-year study on Polar Warming

Sea ice is important for walruses during feeding as it provides a resting place between dives and enable them to fish over a wider area.

Sea ice is important for walruses during feeding as it provides a resting place between dives and enable them to fish over a wider area
Sea ice is important for walruses during feeding as it provides a resting place between dives and enable them to fish over a wider area

The Antarctic Ozone Hole

Ozone is an extremely important gas in the atmosphere (stratosphere) as it absorbs solar ultraviolet rays, protecting us from skin cancer. The total amount of ozone through a depth of the atmosphere in Antarctic was 3 mm thick at the surface in 1958. From 1970s, an increasingly different pattern of behaviour has been observed- the Antarctic ozone hole where the amount of ozone is 10 per cent less than they were in the 1970s at the end of winter.

The Antarctic ozone hole has developed because of emissions, mainly in the northern hemisphere, of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and halons. These gases are used in refrigeration, fire control and in industrial solvents.

Whilst the Antarctic Ozone Hole persist, there are increased level of ultraviolet radiation at the surface of the planet earth which is hazardous to man. These reduced levels of ozone can have an impact on lower latitude of South America and Australia since the Polar vortex can frequently become elongated and extend. The communities and travelers in those areas should be alert and use sun block.

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      ngureco 8 years ago

      Thank you, Micah. To change climate, there are two types of driving forces:

      1. Natural Driving Forces

      2. Man Made Driving Forces

      Daylight is determined by the position of the sun relative to the earth. If there is more and more daylight each day during summer than in previous years, then that is due to natural driving forces.  Natural drivers are due to the variation of the orbital distance of the Earth from the Sun which leads to the cold glacial and warm inter-glacial periods. Each period lasts about 100,000 years which is a slow change and we humans do not easily notice it. Natural Driving Forces also include sun's activity which is a solar cycle of 22 years. There is not much man can do about these Natural Driving Forces.

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      micah 8 years ago

      I've noticed that as summer aproaches, there seems to be more and more daylight each day. At this rate it will be light all the time in a couple of years! you think maybe this global warming thing might be a cycle the earth is going through???

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      ngureco 9 years ago

      Thank you Hughes, Karen and Wedding Consultant. I agree with you, and for the link its got to be edited.

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      WeddingConsultant 9 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Good hub, but I felt like the link at the bottom was too much of a distraction.

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      Karen Ellis 9 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks for explaining this in an easy to understand manner.

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      Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Everyone is ruining our world. The ice sure is melting slowly away. And it will affect everything not just the animals. good pic.