A recent research has shed light on how Antarctica is facing threats from global warming. With large number of tourists flocking there, there are seen many effects like over-fishing in the region, pollution, invasion of species, loss of sea ice etc, thereby making it all the more clear that things are certainly not going fine there.
"Many people may not realize that Antarctica is a like a 'canary in a coal mine' when it comes to global warming, and Antarctica serves as a sort of thermostat for Earth”, said Mahlon "Chuck" Kennicutt II, Professor of oceanography at the Texas A&M University, while confirming that there could be some long term concerns ahead if all this goes on in future too. There is major threat of oil, gas and mineral exploitation on the continent from companies, though it is strictly prohibited there under the Antarctic Treaty System.
With polar regions being the sensitive regions on Earth to global warming, it has to be understood that there can be a lot happening if Antarctica suffers from dire warming effects. Antarctica is believed to have contained some 90% of the world’s fresh water and that’s what makes it all the more environmentally strong. The continent with no time zones is indeed in a serious condition and calls for strategic steps so that it can be saved from series of attacks by environment.
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