We're On Thin Ice

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by Ciera Akins

          Who lives in the Arctic anyways? Just penguins and polar bears, right? Actually, 4 million people! These people depend on the waters that surround them to be healthy in order to provide healthy and plentiful food. However, sea ice is melting and ocean temperatures are warming, which is affecting the sea life and in turn the humans that rely on the sea life. The sea ice minimum in 2016 is the second lowest on record. The 10 lowest sea ice measurements on record have all been in the last 10 years and the Arctic Ocean is one of the least protected regions in the world.

            The Arctic Council met right here at GMRI last week to discuss these changes and how to adapt to them since melting sea ice is not foreseen to end. The Arctic Council, made up of important leaders and stakeholders, can support and accelerate the creation of a marine protected area in the Arctic Ocean, which would help the area be more resilient to climate change.

 

Here is the Portland Press Herald’s article about the Arctic Council: http://www.pressherald.com/2016/10/04/maine-voices-as-arctic-faces-dramatic-change-arctic-council-must-take-urgent-action/

We're On Thin Ice


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