Rising Artic Ice Mercury & Sea Levels

 

The Artic Ice is melting faster than expected and raising global sea level projection. This is causing Mercury stored under the permafrost to be released. What does this meanto all the coastal areas?

According to the international Artic Monitoring and Assessment Program, AMAP,  a few conclusions are made:

  • Artic Temperatures have been the warmest they’ve measured in the past 6 years since 1880.
  • At this rate, the Artic Ocean will be ice free within 30-40 years.
  • Melting ice will raise global sea level 35-63 inches by 2100.

As the Artic Ice layer melts, mercury is released thus countering emission reduction efforts being made. According the AMAP, although Europe, North America and Russia reduced emissions, China is now the No. 1 mercury polluter accouting for almost half the emissions. As a result, mercury levels dropped in animals near Northern Europe but increased near the Artic. Polar bears, beluga whales, and seals are in danger from increasing Mercury.