A ‘very high’ temperature in Antarctica could wipe out millions of sea life
The United States has confirmed a “very high” temperature record for Antarctic ice that’s not seen in decades.
Antarctic ice is melting at an unprecedented rate and scientists are struggling to keep pace.
But scientists are also concerned that this record-breaking melting could cause catastrophic consequences for the world’s seas, as well as other marine life.
The new report by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) comes at a time when scientists have been looking at how Antarctic ice and snow melt impacts marine life and ecosystems in the region.
“The ice sheet is melting, the snow is melting.
We’re getting really, really hot,” said Mike Brown, a NSIDC research scientist.
“If we can’t manage that, we’re going to be in trouble.”
Brown is one of the scientists who has been working on the Antarctic Ice Sheet Response Plan, or AISR, a massive plan to keep Antarctic ice shelves and ice caps intact.
This plan is the largest marine ecosystem restoration project in history, and it’s still in the early stages of development.
The plan was originally released in 2016, and Brown said that at this point, there are more than 3,000 scientists working on it, which includes many experts in oceanography, glaciology, oceanography and marine biology.
It includes scientists from several different agencies working on oceanographic work and other oceanographic and geophysical research.
But Brown said the plan is more than just the work of scientists.
This work is also focused on how to prevent ice sheets from melting, which can lead to an influx of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which would then push up sea levels.
That, in turn, would cause warming of the planet.
The plan is still being finalized, but Brown said this plan will be a key part of the Antarctic response to climate change.
As Brown explained, the plan looks at how to mitigate this effect on the world and how to reduce the impact on marine life that could occur.
It’s a very complicated process and it takes a long time, but we’re confident that this effort will result in a significant reduction in Antarctic ice, as the plan suggests, Brown said.
The Antarctic Ice sheet is the region that’s most vulnerable to sea level rise, and the melting has been accelerating for the past couple of decades, Brown noted.
Scientists estimate that sea levels will rise about 7 feet (2 meters) by 2100, and by the year 2080, sea levels are projected to rise about 2 feet (60 centimeters).
Brown said there’s a chance that some of that ice could melt.
He said that could cause a lot of damage.
“A lot of coastal cities would be underwater, and coastal infrastructure would be impacted,” Brown said, adding that the plan would also have to address the problem of rising seas due to climate warming.
Brown also noted that melting ice can cause other problems, like the loss of the Arctic Ocean.
There are a few ways to mitigate the effects of melting ice on coastal cities, Brown explained.
He pointed to the ice being pushed off shore by storm surges, or ice being transported out of the way by ocean currents.
That could also affect the flow of ships.
And melting ice also can affect marine life, he said.
Brown said some species, such as seals and whales, are being affected more than others.
But the most worrisome effects, he added, are on marine animals like penguins.
“They’re the only animals that live in Antarctica that haven’t been affected by melting ice in the past century, so they’re the ones that are going to get hit the hardest,” Brown explained of sea ice.
“And that’s really what we’re trying to do is get them to understand what’s happening and what they’re going through.”
Brown said the idea is that if you want to save the world from the impacts of climate change, you have to protect our oceans.
Brown said scientists hope that the AISr plan will help the United States prepare for what’s ahead in the Antarctic.
He added that there are some areas that have already started to recover from the effects.
He cited the first step in the plan, called the Ocean Rejuvenation Plan, which will also help in protecting marine life in the Arctic and Antarctic.
Brown said that while it’s hard to know exactly how many years it will take for the ice sheet to fully recover, he thinks the plan will have an impact on the future of Antarctica.
“It’s just going to take time,” he said of the plan.
“But we think it’s going to help.”
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