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Climate change is turning the Arctic into a ‘radically different state’, the tundra is going green: study

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Climate change is turning the Arctic into a ‘radically different state’, the tundra is going green: study

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Higher temperatures, warmer air and higher soil moisture are spurring plant growth in the Arctic Circle, turning parts of the treeless tundra into greenery in the northern part of the world.

According to the annual Arctic Report Card 2021, produced by the National Snow and Ice Data Center, a wing of the American science agency National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the increase in temperature due to the influence of climate change is transforming the Arctic. in a “radically different state”.

The report adds that ice sheets are melting in the Arctic Circle, once a reliably frozen part of the world. “The loss of ice leads to its transformation into a warmer, less frozen and more uncertain future,” the study says.

Since the mid-1960s, the Arctic has warmed by nearly 3 degrees Celsius, more than double the global average. Additionally, Arctic temperature levels in 2021 were the seventh warmest on record. The study also points out that the period from October to December 2020 was the warmest Arctic autumn on record since 1900.

Landscape change in the highest parts of the Arctic tundra, including Alaska, the northern coast of Canada, Siberia and the northernmost parts of Norway, may have dangerous long-term climatic ramifications. The most notable impacts will be the melting of the ice and the consequent increase in the volume of water in the river.

Sea ice loss has already become evident in the region. In April 2021, the Laptev Sea off the coast of northern Siberia was found to have its lowest recorded sea ice. Similarly, the Greenland ice sheet is rapidly losing mass. In fact, the summit of Greenland, for the first time in recorded history, had rain (not snow) in August 2021. Additionally, fishing boats have been able to travel farther north in recent years. due to melting sea ice. This has led to more waste accumulation in the area.

This change in the climate regime also affects the ancient way of life of Arctic communities which depend on snow and ice. Another potential hazard due to the lack of constant cold in higher latitudes is the change in ocean currents which can lead to stagnant weather conditions with a detrimental impact on crops.

(Edited by : Aditi Gautam)

First post: STI

Climate change is turning the Arctic into a ‘radically different state’, the tundra is going green: study

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