The consequences of global warming has reached an alarming point in Alaska, and the threat it presents to human or wildlife inhabitants can no longer be ignored.
An American photographer named Patty Waymire says she has always dreamt of getting a chance to capture some amazing moments with polar bears in snow. She was full of hope when preparations for her journey to Alaska were completed.
However, the photgrapher arrived Barter Island, Alaska only to get the most shocking discovery of her life – there was no snow anywhere around Alaska.
The Huffington Post quoted Waymire as saying: “I was surprised when I arrived, to find there was no snow nor was the sea ice forming yet.
“The locals told me that it was an unusually warm winter and that the snow would be late in arriving.”
Meanwhile, the disappointed tourist said she noticed that the temperature was far below freezing point before her visit, but the locals revealed it wasn’t time yet.
“It is one of the warmest winters on record,” Waymire regretted.
Nonetheless, she looked around and was lucky to spot some polar bears resting on the dirty beach.
Waymire admits she was filled with sadness while taking pictures of the endangered animals.
“The shot struck me immediately as the lovely animals seemed so contemplative, sitting there on the shore of one of the Barter Islands,” she said. “The lack of snow and ice was so evident that it told a story without requiring any words.”
“No Snow, No Ice,” was her caption of the pictures she posted on social media which were also granted recognition in a National Geographic photo competition.
With her pictures, the photographer attracted attention from international organizations on the need for adequate measures to be taken against “some avoidable” negative effects of climate change.
Waymire said she’s like Donald Trump to also visit the Arctic and confirm that her claims about climate change are real. She said: “[By doing so, America’s President-elect will] understand why this incredibly special place must be protected.”
Alaska is the largest state in the United States. It boasts of 20 percent of America’s total landmass, and is nearly twice the size of Texas.
The USA is considered an Arctic nation because Alaska includes lands on both sides of the Arctic Circle.
According to a Thursday report from SFGate, a research group led by Zeke Hausfather [a graduate student at UC Berkeley and analyst with the nonprofit climate science group Berkeley Earth] said their latest study proves that “temperatures during the past 15 years rose just as they did in the latter half of the 20th century.”
Last Wednesday, Hausfather and his group of researchers published their findings in the online journal Science Advances, arguing that “there was little or no warming between 1998 and 2012.”