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Global Warming Turns Antarctica Green

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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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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