The globe’s ice is melting faster and faster. About 2 trillion tons of ice have melted in Greenland, Antarctica and Alaska since 2003. That’s enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay 21 times. Find a map of the mid-Atlantic states to see just how much ice that is. The melting ice from Greenland alone causes sea levels to rise by .5 mm each year. As gaciers melt, they reflect less sunlight and absorb more heat, melting more ice more rapidly and warming Arctic waters and the atmosphere.
OUR TAKE: Extreme Weather/Kicking The Fossil Fuel Habit By ClimateYou Senior Editors George Ropes & Abby Luby
The American West, especially California, has always been subject to droughts, fires, and floods. But human-induced climate heating tipped the Western weather system into overdrive. 2020 was an exceptional year for drought, wildfires, and floods. 2021 was even more exceptional. Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, lying between