"Take action" or face a grim future, warns climate scientist after a year locked in Arctic ice
hannesburg, South Africa — A massive ship called the RV Polarstern spent 389 days drifting slowly across the Arctic, trapped in ice. It was a scientific mission on an unprecedented scale, and the people who took part say their findings should serve as a warning that if action isn't taken, humans in every corner of the world will pay the price.
Just before she set sail more than a year ago, Rhode Island native Dr. Alison Fong told CBS News that she and her colleagues on the Polarstern were "looking at creating a whole picture of what the Arctic is going to do in the coming years."
The picture that emerged from their makeshift labs-on-ice and high-tech equipment is not a pretty one. It is devastating proof, the scientists say, of a dying Arctic Ocean, where ice-free summers could become a reality in just decades due to manmade greenhouse gases warming the planet.
"As scientists, I think we need to be more outspoken about the crisis that we see in front of us," Fong told CBS News. "We know that what we have done is caused an increase in temperature and carbon dioxide on Earth, and that causes warming, and that warming is causing the melting of both the north and the south. And the loss of this ice, both in the north and the south, is causing major changes to the way the climate functions."
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