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The Ward Hunt Ice Shelf, located 500 miles Not Just Another Issue 9 from the North Pole on the edge of Canada’s Ellesmere Island, broke in two. A massive freshwater lake long held back by the ice also drained away. • The same month brought another startling—and largely unanticipated—consequence of our fossil fuel use. Scientists reported that the pH level of the world’s oceans had changed more in the last 100 years than it had in the previous 10,000 years— primarily because of the fallout from emissions caused by coal and oil burning.
N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that the climate is changing far more rapidly than scientists had previously projected. More than 2,000 scientists from 100 countries, participating in the largest and most rigorously peer-reviewed scientific collaboration in history, reported to the UN that brutal droughts, floods, and violent storms across the planet will intensify because emissions from humanity’s burning of coal and oil is driving up temperatures much more rapidly than scientists had anticipated just six years earlier.
A National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) study in late 2002 found that the ice cover on the Arctic Ocean is vanishing at an astonishing rate. About 9 percent of that ice cover is vanishing every decade—about three times faster than scientists had predicted. For example, the Arctic ice shelf that ruptured in the fall of 2003 had been found to be 150 feet thick in 1980. When it broke in two, spawning icebergs throughout the area, it had melted to about half that thickness. In the Andes, the glaciers are melting far more rapidly than anyone had expected.
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