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As temperatures in the Arctic have warmed at double the pace of the rest of the planet, the expanse of frozen seawater that blankets the Arctic Ocean and neighbouring seas has shrunk and thinned over the past three decades. The end-of-summer Arctic sea ice extent has almost halved since the early 1980s. A recent Nasa study found that since 1958, the Arctic sea ice cover has lost on average around two-thirds of its thickness and now 70 per cent of the sea ice cap is made of seasonal ice, or ice that forms and melts within a single year.
The governor of East Nusa Tenggara province — home to the world's biggest lizard — has proposed charging visitors $500 to see the endangered species, about 50 times the current entrance fee for foreign tourists at Komodo National Park. "Only people with deep pockets are allowed. Those who don't have the money shouldn't visit the park," he added.
According to their most recent assessment this month, scientists from the IPCC say the world's oceans have absorbed 90 % of the temperature rise caused by man-made carbon emissions. It found that for each of the last 25 years, oceans may have absorbed heat energy equivalent to as much as 150 times the amount of electricity mankind produces annually.
The exact cause of the whale's death is not yet known but there are signs that "plastic waste might have triggered it", WWF Indonesia marine species conservation coordinator Dwi Supratold AFP. Wakatobi district, a picturesque collection of four main islands surrounded by a marine reserve, has urged Indonesia's central government to help tackle the problem of marine debris.
The drought-like conditions have hit nearly 90% of the country this year. In Magdeburg, the Elbe River has been so low that no ships carrying goods south to Leipzig or on to the Czech Republic have been able to pass through since the end of June, said Hartmut Rhein of the city’s waterways and shipping department.
According to a United Nations report this month, taking out a big chunk of carbon dioxide load in the atmosphere may be necessary to avoid significant further warming as even a breakneck shift toward clean energy now would most likely not be enough. The researchers haven’t yet figured out how to suck CO2 out of air economically or at sufficient scale.