Source Title: Arctic Researcher: The Arctic Ocean is dying
After floating in the Arctic Ocean for more than a year, the German scientific research ship “Polaris” arrived in Bremerhaven, Germany on the 12th. The researchers on board brought the “bad news” that “the Arctic Ocean is dying”.
Agence France-Presse reported that the “Polaris” drifted for 389 days in the Arctic Ocean covered with ice floes, collecting important data on the impact of climate change on the Arctic. The head of the expedition team, Marcus Rex, said at a press conference that the researchers on board have witnessed the adverse effects of global warming on Arctic sea ice. He said: “The Arctic Ocean is dying.”
They saw that there was no ice in the place where the ice layer was a few meters thick. Rex said: “In the Arctic, we find severely eroded, melted, and fragile thin ice.” He said that if the Arctic warming trend continues, then within a few decades there will be an “ice-free Arctic ocean in summer.” Will seriously affect the climate around the world.
Researchers said that this summer, the Arctic Ocean ice floes decreased to 3.74 million square kilometers, the second-to-last area since satellite records. In the summer of 2012, the area of ice floes in the Arctic Ocean was only 3.41 million square kilometers, setting the lowest record. Via:Beijing Youth Daily