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Arctic Ice Loss

It’s all over the news: the Earth’s Arctic Region is losing more and more sea ice each and every year – here’s why.


Not So Hot

The Earth’s temperature is rising. Just a bit, but every single degree makes a big difference when it comes to our planet. Increased emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are trapping more of the sun’s heat. Heat is not good for ice. Just ask Frosty the Snowman!


Tense Atmosphere

Studies that started in the 1970s show that the Arctic’s atmosphere is warming at a faster rate than the rest of the world. In July, the warmest month, Arctic temperatures can rise to 0 degrees Celsius or more. That’s when ice melts. Since 1980, satellite images taken of the polar cap show that the ice cover is shrinking by an average of almost 8% each year. In that time, the polar ocean has lost about 1,400,000 square kilometers of ice. These changes in the Arctic mean new challenges for the people and animals that live there.


White Ice

White ice reflects a lot of sunlight off the Earth’s surfaces. Open water, on the other hand, is very dark and tends to absorb sunlight. As the sea ice melts, more and more water surface is exposed to the rays of the sun, heating the water and adding to the overall problem.


Video: NASA Arctic Ice Loss


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What can kids do to help stop or slow global warming? Let us know in the Comments section below!


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LittleShadowBird
"AnnaOfExquizurd" wrote:   Now a question for the Flower Crown Crew: What's your opinion on the human population? Humans are nice! Except probably Donald Trump. He gives me the willies. (shudder) What are humans? Closest I've heard of are Hylians. And they can be pretty cool.
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AnnaOfExquizurd
When I try to come up with ideas, I tend to take a cliche and change elements about it so that it takes on a sort of originality. So, for example, let's say we're taking the cliche of a band of friends (or strangers) hunting a dragon. Instead of their motive being that the dragon is, say, eating innocent villagers or holding a princess captive, that it's a more personal issue. Maybe the dragon is a smaller type with a more mischievous demeanor, and is stealing the characters' valuables as a prank, and the characters want their things back. They might be innocent villagers themselves, unskilled with any sort of tracking or fighting techniques, and hire a sort of mercenary to help them out. But if you wanted a plotless sort of thing with a lot of flexibility, you could have the characters be a band of mercenaries who get hired by people to do various jobs. And if you can find more things to swap out in any idea you come up with, you'll eventually find yourself being in a sort of popcorn machine of ideas. Hopefully, this post has been helpful.
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dragongirl555
dragongirl555 posted in Random:
in the words of Joey from the epic tv show 'Friends' ," How you doing?"
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Mermaid_Author14
"ShoeOnHead" wrote: If you want to write  a story that doesnt make any sense just say its magic xD. Just do wizards and orcs, as for romance, throw that stuff away you should try to make a regular story first :s I've written two fanfictions before... And my story will make sense!
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ShoeOnHead
If you want to write  a story that doesnt make any sense just say its magic xD. Just do wizards and orcs, as for romance, throw that stuff away you should try to make a regular story first :s
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