Lima COP20 | CMP 10 / Newsroom / Cop20 news / Arctic Ice Melting, NASA Video Shows
04-02-2015 General

Arctic Ice Melting, NASA Video Shows

Climate change is affecting the whole planet, with ever clearer impacts as time goes by. Last month, a NASA video showed the changes in Arctic ice surface area between 1974 and 2014. The shrinking ice cover highlights the seriousness of a problem requiring immediate action.

2014: The Hottest Year

The smaller ice cover results from higher temperatures worldwide. Last year was the hottest in history. An analysis by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) leaves no room for doubt: the planet’ssurface average air temperature last year exceeded the calculated average for the 1961-1990 reference period by 0.57 C.

Not only 14 of the 15 hottest years on recordhappened in our century, but also warming is expected to continue asatmosphere CO2rises and prevents stopping global warming.

Glacier retreat

Recent news about the retreat of one of the biggest glaciers in Antarctica has also sent an alert on the serious effects of global warming. One hundred and twenty kilometers long and more than 30 kilometers wide, the Totten glacier is melting away due to hotter ocean currents created by global warming.

Noticias Relacionadas