Climate change continues to have effects on our world. Here is some recent climate change news.
• Arctic sea ice (the ice floating over the Arctic ocean) has reached its minimum extent this year and has shrunk to the second lowest level since record keeping began in 1978. This means that the Arctic ocean is on course to eventually be ice-free and this year is only further evidence of this. If the Arctic continues on its current trajectory there could eventually be no ice in the Arctic at the end of summer.
• Trees will start to lose their leaves earlier as the planet warms according to a recent study which contradicts assumptions that warming temperatures are delaying the start of autumn. Global warming has resulted in longer growing seasons and spring leaves are emerging two weeks earlier compared with a century ago. By the end of the century leaves are expected to fall three to six days earlier than before the effects of climate change.