Global warming and climate change remain the hottest topics in science circles these days, with rumors flying around about potential ‘mini ice ages’ and rising sea levels which could engulf us all. Carbon emissions are the main concern when it comes to climate change, however, officials are now trying to take counter measures to keep Arctic ice intact. Nations such as Russia, the U.S., Denmark have joined hands to place a ban on fishing in regions surrounding the Arctic circle.
Any fishing that does occur in the region must follow the regulation put forth by the agreement. Also with the implementing of the fishing ban, further scientific research is intended to be conducted to better understand the ecosystem of this region.
Several different news outlets let out news of the rising sea level that was inevitable with climate change, including a press release from the U.S Department of State on Thursday and another from the NOAA.
Both state that based on the information gathered on the climate conditions in the year 2014, the resulting melting ice caps, and rising sea levels, five nations in the Arctic Ocean signed an agreement of banning commercial fishing around the region—unregulated fishing, that is. Although they all agree fishing in this area probably won’t happen, it is nevertheless important to consider the current climate conditions and concerns, and lack of marine life knowledge in the area to not allow fishing.
The polar caps melting is not only leading to dangerously high sea levels, but also pushing polar bears to the brink of extinction. The humble, white fluffy polar bear has been forced to undergo ‘walking hibernation’ to cope with the loss of food as its habitat shrinks. Surely, the band on fishing can help delay the suffering of the polar bears if not completely eradicate them.