How Much Arctic Ice Melt are we Personally Responsible For?

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By Ethan Whiteford

Article Link: Inhabitat.com

Last week in class, we talked about Advertising and the Natural world, and how “green products” are an oxymoron and that the only “green” product is the one that is not created. This week, I am writing my blog post just to show the accumulative affect of our consumerism on the “Earth’s Refrigerator.”

In a new study done by Science(the magazine), they estimate that for every ton of carbon dioxide put into the atmosphere, we lose about 32 square feet of Arctic sea ice.The EPA estimates that total US emissions in 2014 was 6,870 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, so that would have caused 219,840 square feet of Arctic sea ice to vanish. Not to mention that the average American emits over 16 tons of carbon dioxide each year, which amounts to 512 square feet of Arctic sea ice lost.

This helps put into perspective how we all contribute to climate change, whether we buy “green” or not.

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