Polar bears, orcas, seals, walruses – all these adorable arctic animals might not be here much longer.
The Arctic is warming at a rate twice the global average, according to the 2014 Arctic Report Card and Arctic sea ice is now declining at a rate of 12.8 percent per decade, relative to the 1981 to 2010 average.
What does this mean for the animals and the humans on the earth? The larger impact is profound. Even a small increase in ocean temperature can quickly destabilize glaciers overflowing into oceans, creating a chain of greater melting and flooding, as the more ice melts, the greater the ocean surface is exposed, in turn absorbing heat from the sun, further warming the water and melting more ice.
While it can be difficult to see these incremental changes here in the emerald city, entire countries and regions are disappearing and sinking below the water’s surface, sparing no part of the earth. from the Key West in Florida, to the 33 islands of Kiribati which lie only 2 meters above sea level at its highest points, and could completely disappear from earth in the next 50 years.
We are in crisis.
In light of this, we have created an arctic survival game that places the gamer in the boots of a polar explorer as they negotiate the uneven terrain, windy conditions, extreme temperatures, and challenges of creating a base camp in the wilderness. Enjoy.
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