Polar Studies Are Essential Tools For Facing The Biggest Challenge Of Our Times – Journal of the North Atlantic & Arctic – August 2018 – P. Mayewski

Antarctica holds nearly two-thirds of the planet’s fresh water, bound in solid ice. To put that in a hypothetical perspective; were all that ice in the Antarctic and all the ice in the Arctic to melt, sea levels worldwide would rise by nearly 70 metres. That is how much freshwater is frozen on earth and that is why fighting the ongoing and fast melt of polar ice is the most important battle of our times. But, as Climate change specialist, polar explorer and scientist Dr. Paul Andrew Mayewski writes, we are rapidly endangering our very survival as a result of human industrialization’s impact on polar regions.