Antarctica: Climate Change
Antarctica is a rocky, mostly uninhabited continent in Earth's southern polar region. It occupies a unique and important position in the ongoing climate change debate, as the thick layer of ice that covers the vast majority of its surface contains about 70 percent of Earth's fresh water. Most scientists agree global warming is causing unnatural melting of Antarctica's ice shield. If this process continues, sea levels around the world could rise dramatically, endangering human settlements in both coastal and inland areas and disrupting the habitats of marine flora and fauna.
Climate change also jeopardizes Antarctica on a local level. Though the cold, windy, dry continent hosts little in the way of human settlement, it supports a thriving and surprisingly biodiverse...Read more