By Fredrica Syren:
Most of the time, going green is good — except when it comes to Antarctica. On Antarctica’s northern peninsula, where there used to be mostly ice, mosses are rapidly growing. Now, many wonder why on earth we need to worry about what is going on in the coldest, remotest part of earth. Sadly, it’s an indication of what is going on with our planet. Furthermore, when the ice and glaciers melt in Antarctica, sea levels rise and that has a damaging effect on people living along coastlines. Ice melting, temperatures rising and greens growing in Antarctica are powerful evidence of the increasing effects of climate change, something we should worry about — and more importantly — focus our time, money and energy on fighting.
To make this very clear, green patches of mosses growing in the Antarctica peninsula is not normal and, in fact, this peninsula has been an area of rapid warming with increasingly more days a year of temperatures rising above freezing. All this shows how Antarctica is moving backward in geologic time due to rising CO2 levels.
If greenhouse gasses keep increasing, we’ll see more and more glaciers and ice melting in places where they should not melt, and more areas like Antarctica will not look the way we’re used to seeing them. In fact, we’ll see more green areas there, all due to global warming.
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