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News from the Polar Regions

April 19, 2020 3 min read

What’s been going on near our two poles? We rarely hear any news if it isn’t in the form of a penguin update (although we do love penguins). Yet there’s always something going on in the world, so now here’s your chance to learn of the latest climate technology, and climate worry, on both the Antarctic and Arctic.


Antarctica  

The Antarctica is a continent that is over twice the size of Australia. It’s also where the South Pole is, and most famous by the expeditions of Robert Scott and Earnest Shackleton. Devoid of human life apart from the scientists who life there to study it, the Antarctic really does seem to be a bit of a barren wasteland, but scientists have been fascinated by this icy tundra for years.  


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Photo by Cassie Matias on Unsplash


Mapping the Ice

For the first time, NASA, together with European counterparts the ESA, are going to satellite map the sea ice of the Antarctic. You might think that this is something that has already been done, but it’s incredibly difficult to get accurate readings. The reason for this is the amount of snow on top of the sea ice, making it seem much thicker than it actually is. The sheer weight of this snow can even push the ice underwater, making measuring its thickness all but impossible. With advanced technology, using two separate satellites with unique functions, NASA hopes to create a comprehensive map for the first time. How thin is the sea ice, and just what amount of damage have we already caused to it via greenhouse gas emissions? While it’s the Arctic that bears the brunt of climate change, we are still unsure about the impact to this chilly landscape.

The Arctic

The Arctic has had people living in its surrounds for thousands of years, mostly nomads, and by comparison to the Antarctica, it’s much more hospitable. Where Antarctica is a continent, the Arctic is a frozen ocean surrounded by land, and of course, home to the North Pole.


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Photo by Kseniia Ilinykh on Unsplash


Forest Fires

It’s hard to imagine fires in the Arctic, but that’s exactly what has been happening in Arctic Siberia over the past number of summers, and they’re only getting worse. As the arctic is a frozen ocean, it’s always been particularly susceptible to changes in the atmosphere, as climate scientists know all too well. For the land surrounding this ocean, including parts of Siberia, the impact of climate change is making itself known. In a town located 3,000 miles from Moscow, temperatures climbed past 100 degrees Fahrenheit on June 20th, the highest ever recorded in the Arctic region. And with this heat, comes forest fires. Scientists say that there is now undeniable proof that the world is heating up, and the Arctic Circle is being hit the hardest.

What Can We Do to Protect Our Polar Regions?

At Caseco, we care about the impact global warming is having on the polar ice caps. That’s why we are committed to producing products in a sustainable way. We use zero-waste packaging that’s recyclable and compostable, made from sustainably sourced paper and soy ink.

We also make products that are built to last while being sustainable. Our Pet Friendly cables aren’t going to be destroyed by your cat or dog chewing on them, so you’re much less likely to ever need a replacement. Saving unnecessary waste ending up in our landfills and helping to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases produced.

cat and dog playing

Want to see more of Caseco’s sustainable sourced products? Check out our full range of accessorieshere. Together, we can save or polar regions from the threat of global warming.