German Arctic research fleet: global warming, the Arctic may face "no ice in summer"
[Global Times Comprehensive Report] Climate change, the Arctic is dying!
German TV One reported on the 12th that the German Arctic research ship "Polestar" ended the world's largest Arctic expedition and returned to Bremerhaven on Monday.
They brought back devastating evidence that the Arctic was dying, and warned that the Arctic might face a "no ice in summer" condition within decades.
The Arctic scientific expedition is called the "Mosaic" Expedition Project and is led by the German Alfred Wegener Institute of Polar and Oceanography (AWI).
The team includes hundreds of scientists from nearly 20 countries including Germany, China, and Russia.
The entire event cost 140 million euros, making it the most expensive and complex of the polar expedition project.
On September 20 last year, the "Polestar" ship departed from Tromso, Norway. Researchers collected data from various fields such as the atmosphere, sea ice, and ocean at temperatures as low as minus 42.3 degrees Celsius, and brought back 1,000 data. Multiple ice samples to help assess the impact of climate change on the Arctic region and the world.
"We have witnessed the huge impact of global warming on this ice layer, which is regarded as the'climate change hardest hit area', and witnessed how dying the Arctic is." Expedition leader Rex said that in the Arctic, they found that they had suffered severely. Eroded, melted, thinned and brittle ice cubes.
Once the trend of Arctic warming continues, people will only see a "Summer Free Arctic" in a few decades.
The expedition's findings are also supported by US satellite images.
Recent satellite photos show that the amount of sea ice on the Arctic Ocean is the second lowest in summer on record, after 2012; the area of Arctic ice has shrunk to the second smallest in record for 40 years.
Cerezer, an expert at the US National Snow and Ice Data Center, said, “We are approaching the era of the seasonal ice-free Arctic Ocean. This year is another nail in the coffin. 2020 will become an exclamation point for the shrinking Arctic sea ice. "Experts believe that this is a sign of climate change.
Climate change is not only dying the Arctic. A new report issued by the United Nations Office for Disaster Reduction on the 12th shows that there have been 7,348 natural disasters around the world in the past 20 years, which has almost doubled from 1980 to 1999. This is largely due to climate change.
These natural disasters caused nearly US$3 trillion in global economic losses and claimed more than 1.2 million lives.
According to the report, floods are the most frequent disaster in 20 years, and in the next 10 years, the United Nations predicts that heat waves will become the most serious problem. From a regional point of view, Asia is the region that has suffered the most natural disasters. In the past 20 years, there have been 3,068 disasters, followed by the Americas and Africa. From a national perspective, China has experienced the most natural disasters (577), followed by the United States. (467 up). (Aoki)