Ever read about the polar bears or penguins living in unbelievably low temperatures when they are young? If so, then you know that polar bears and penguins live in freezing areas like the North and South Pole. Unfortunately, a recent report says the habitat of these amazing animals is disappearing faster than expected. Their natural habitat consists of sea ice in the Arctic. Climate change is a result of global warming and it is not just affecting humans, but the innocent animals as well. Although humans are aware of this issue, the effort to reverse the damage has not been enough. The ice continues to melt and the animals continue to lose their homes.
According to Katharina Wecker, a blogger from DW.com, a recent report says the Arctic may be completely ice-free by 2040, which is only 22 years from now. The sound of that is frightening since we all know that will be a major change in the earth’s geography. “Scientists agree that global warming causes both the ice in the North and the South Pole to melt. Air temperatures are climbing, and so are water temperatures. This makes the ice melt faster. The period of winter where the water is actually cold enough to freeze is getting shorter, which means ice flows are getting smaller” said Wecker. What is odd is that the Arctic seems to be melting faster than the Antarctic. It appears that the two poles are “geographic opposites of each other” because they are on the opposite side of the world and the Antarctic is a land surrounded by ocean. Nonetheless, they are both melting although at a fast pace. When it comes to global warming, so much damage has occurred we cannot fix it fast enough.