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Sea Ice Retreat Could Lead to Rapid Overfishing in the Arctic – Hannah Hoag

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The Arctic Ocean has long been the least accessible of the world’s major oceans. But as climate change warms the Arctic twice as fast as anywhere else, the thick sea ice that once made it so forbidding is now beating a hasty retreat. Since 1979, when scientists began using satellites to track changes in the Arctic sea-ice expanse, its average summertime volume has dropped 75 percent from 4,000 cubic miles to 1,000 cubic miles. By September, the Arctic Ocean will have swapped nearly 4 million square miles of ice for open ocean……

Read more: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/03/fishing-at-the-top-of-the-world/519639/

 

 

 

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