Research indicates that earth’s polar ice caps are melting at a faster rate than ever before, a product of continued global warming. Unfortunately, side effects of this melting may negatively impact the lives of humans who dwell on this planet. Consequences may include: a significant loss of albedo, a considerable rise in sea levels, damage to aquatic ecosystems, and/or an ice age resulting from the shutdown of major oceanic currents. Although the situation is not yet imminent and the causes not yet pinpointed, the present outlook is too grim to ignore.
"On the Brink: The Melting of Earth’s Polar Ice Caps,"
Vol. 7, Article 14.
Available at: http://uknowledge.uky.edu/kaleidoscope/vol7/iss1/14