Climate Change Decimating the North Pole

NWF   |   July 2, 2008

The North Pole could be ice-free for the first time in human history this summer.

Scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado saPolarbear101y that because the North Pole’s thicker, multi-year ice has been replaced by huge swaths of thinner, seasonal ice, the North Pole could completely melt for a brief time this September. Read more.

Ice reflects 90% of the sunlight that hits it, while darker sea water absorbs 80% of the sun’s energy. The melting of the North Pole will interfere with the planet’s natural ability to cool itself and will potentially increase risks to polar bear populations and other wildlife that depend on summer sea ice. Go to to learn what you can do.

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Published: July 2, 2008