When you scroll through your Facebook newsfeed, you’re probably seeing a lot of comments about how catastrophic natural events have been increasing lately. Some people attribute this change to global warming, while others are determined to prove its all part of a natural cycle. So which is it?
In July of this year, an iceberg four times the size of London broke free from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica. A68 measures 5,800 square kilometers—making it one of the largest icebergs to ever break off Antarctica. So it’s no surprise that it has researchers concerned.
According to reports from USA today, the temperature in the regions are up to 5 degrees higher than they were a half-century ago. That number could jump to 7 degrees by the end of the century. Sadly, A68 could be just the beginning of the continent ‘breaking apart.’ Scientists have been watching the remaining cracks as they grow toward the Bawden Ice Rise—which provides critical structural support for the remaining ice shelf.
Some scientists believe this is the beginning of the sixth mass extinction for our planet. Thousands of species on Earth are at risk of disappearing forever if we don’t change the trends.
“In the last few decades alone, habitat loss, overexploitation, invasive organisms, pollution, toxification, and more recently climate disruption, as well as numerous interactions among these factors, have driven to the catastrophic declines in both the numbers and sizes of populations of both common and rare vertebrate species,” the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal warned.
According to the Inuit Elders—natives to the Arctic regions in Canada, the U.S., and Greenland, the Earth has shifted. Historically, the Inuit Elders have been excellent weather forecasters.