The thickest sea ice in the Arctic has started to break up, opening waters north of Greenland that are normally frozen, experts have warned. One meteorologist described the phenomenon – recorded for the first time this year – as “scary”. Scientists said it could prove catastrophic for polar bears and seals, threatening their survival. The sea off the north coast of Greenland had long been known as “the last ice area” because it was expected to be the last place to remain frozen, given it had the oldest and thickest ice. Others said it could force scientists to revise their theories about which part of the Arctic will withstand global warming the longest.
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OF all the “fake news” to come out of the White House since the election of President Trump, climate change denial has surely got to be one of the most obvious to refute. There’s no amount of “alternative facts” that can explain the extremes in heat experienced by many countries across the globe this summer, including the United States. Wildfires, drought, record-breaking temperatures and floods – global warming is happening on our doorstep. At home in Scotland, we basked in unseasonable amounts of sunshine from spring into early summer, with the rest of the UK experiencing unusually high temperatures for the time of year. Meanwhile, in places as far apart as Greece, Sweden and California, this worldwide heatwave brought with it incredible destruction, tragic loss of life and homes burnt to the ground by fires raging out of control.
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