Life less predictable as Arctic waters warm

The Irish Times has this good piece on the unforeseen effects of Arctic warming for both wildlife and humans:

“Arctic air temperatures are rising at twice the global rate, with Barents Sea water rising .8 of a degree since 1980. Increasingly, erratic temperatures are seeing ice formation take on irregular patterns, often with damaging consequences for wildlife. As a result, whales migrating further north to follow food sources have become trapped by massive winter ice floes, as happened in Canada’s Hudson Bay in January 2013.

It is not only in Norway that warming sea waters have altered life. In Alaska, experts say orcas are devastating fish stocks commonly harvested by fishermen.”

Full link here:…/warming-waters-have-made-life-…

Bernard Moffatt
pp Celtic League



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