Ice Caps - By Eden and Emily

Telling the future of 2050

Best Case Scenario

The best case scenario for the ice caps would be minimal melting or none at all. According to Anna Fuchs, Lauren Birkholz, Kathleen Young, Kaitlin Lewallen, and K.C. Kulprathipan to make this possible we would need to stop burning fossil fuels. Factories, cars, and power plants all use lots of fossil fuels. To help stop this, we would need to find a new energy source. An energy source that is available would be renewable energy, such as wind energy, solar energy, and hydro power. We could also try to use less energy power by turning off lights and using less gas. It would make this hard because it is harder to get renewable energy and it would be more expensive in the beginning. However, in the long run, it would be less expensive. Using less energy power would be helpful, but also difficult. Not everyone is open to going green and overall it doesn't help much because of our over all population. (1)

Worst Case Scenario

In the worst case scenario, many cities and countries would be submerged underwater. If the Ice caps melted, New York, Miami, New Orleans, and Florida, plus many other cities, including the Gulf Coast along the Atlantic, would be gone.On the West Coast, San Francisco and would be in danger of becoming underwater, and Central Valley would be a large bay. In Europe, Holland, Denmark, the Baltic, and most of Belgium and England would be underwater. It also causes problems for agriculturalists, because one billion people in Asia would lose their land, and people in Australia would even lose their lives from not escaping the deserts forming an inland sea, where most of the inhabitants live. (2)

Arctic ocean levels have been dropping quickly. (4)

This will, and can easily happen if we as humans keep using the amount of greenhouse gasses and fossil fuels we waste every day. We can stop this by not using fossil fuels, by decreasing the use of fossil fuels per year by the most populated countries. If this happened, the levels could go down, and the Earth would grow back to it’s original temperature, so the ice caps could grow again. (3)

Work Cited

1.http://www.shs.d211.org/science/faculty/mzw/HIP6/Polor%20icecaps.pdf

2.http://www.policymic.com/articles/82991/what-the-world-would-look-like-if-the-polar-ice-caps-melted-an-eye-opening-viral-map

3.http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/global-warming5.htm

4.http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/aug/23/arctic-sea-ice-record-low