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The Five Biggest Threats to Our Oceans in 2020

The Five Biggest Threats to Our Oceans in 2020

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Melting Ice Caps

We’re all too familiar with heart-rending images of polar bears stranded on dwindling icebergs, but the effects of melting ice caps are far more wide reaching in their devastation. As glaciers and sea-ice fall away into the water, changes in ocean currents will continue to disrupt weather patterns worldwide. Storms are growing in intensity and deadliness and floods are taking place with greater frequency. These effects are felt most immediately by indigenous communities, who have reported significant alterations in their way of life, including depleted fish numbers and coastal erosion. Sobering estimates suggest that the Arctic Ocean could be ice-free during summer within 20 or 30 years.


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