'It’s Not Too Late' with Ginger Zee: Melting Arctic ice

ABC News’ Ginger Zee takes a look at the effect climate change has on the sea ice in the Arctic, and the communities facing those impacts.
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We turn out to the Arctic just this week the national snow and ice data center announced this year's Arctic sea I straight to the second lowest in recorded history. And it's not just polar bears that will suffer. In this week's it's not too later genders he takes a look at how native indigenous communities are fighting to protect their land. Yeah. Yeah. Hi I'm ginger Z and it's not too late. Alert if it. When you talk about a hunk ice that sits at the top of the Northern Hemisphere. Between Canada Alaska Greenland and Russia. The inclination in this kind of feel like it is too late. This week alone that Arctic sea ice melt into the second lowest level since there'll satellite records began 42 years. But get this records go back even farther and they shell that the rate of knocking them accident. They'll beat you write is who looked. You're cried out years ago. Use things like streaming. Sediment quarters. I quarter. Together the history of her yeah I. And we know from this one particular record it used all of you queens. Again you're pre teens to get eight is unprecedented. Per it would need it years. Now we lawman threatened lit sad polar bear pictures for most of our lives but. Every time one on beans is posted the skeptics in March. Let you have someone still say we do now that there was a time the Arctic was tropical. Why couldn't we just going back into and natural cycle 125000. Years later. No there is an and natural cycle we are currently in could only. History change we are hearing and today the warming up the arts a loss at the area being a good yeah. It's just there's no natural like we're that would. Yet it's desperately to change. So it is happening between our accelerating. And it's not thing not just from the top up from the bottom to. Where does most of BC team that. He's going on in the Earth's environmental. And by ghastly where it is most. Oh into the ocean. Warmer water underneath the ice machine in the whole water structure. Of the Arctic Ocean. And even more importantly the quality of the ice is not the same. The agency ice basically Summers. Is very strongly correlated with. Satin losses the -- right -- place for your right. Which is much better. It's much worse it's cool being wrong. Now we've got all that out of the ways we can focus yes less Arctic sea ice is a problem for that's got. What more urgently. Fred baron. Temperatures in the Arctic are warming more than twice as fast as they are here in the middle addicts hits so the impacts are greater for these real people. With real rapidly changing lives. There's significant act of sea ice that is occurring. Am in the region it's further out in what we're used student. So a couple of generations. You know they're risking their life for food security school where he. We certainly out of communities. In Alaska. That are imminently threatened with not being able to be there are one it is -- away. Everything goes wrong and those communities. Will not be an affable and they are. There are almost a 150000. People in small native communities that have been around for thousands of years in the Arctic. And some of them has seen their water sources drain from erosion. We're currently seeing that being bat was. Who dividing between the moderates are in the ocean thank you relatives and higher rates for a dreams ladies and Richard. And that's that's big deal because now we only a couple of months until they star Christina and until you. Our only relying on your water storage container. There's sources of the food increasingly difficult. A hot. Ease our community. Our whole life is connected with the processor dean Williams. One of biggest changes where experience enhanced community. News. See acts that changes in X patterns. And learning how to navigate used it and sea fleet under the sea ice conditions are just too dangerous. And life as they now it changed forever we are very low Yates during when your appearance fee which is between Russia and a lack. And one of the community used relying wend its strict Shiites and you're you'll apply in the ice during the winter because your rhetoric. But because the ice were so low back year they took a picture of what normally you'd be air where it which. Open water. Two years seeing all of you in UT's. Bid along the Arctic it happening all courts here. The plight of the people who take the brunt of our changing climate are featured in the last rites it's a documentary directed by doctor and mix salad for National Geographic. In these things to yours. To be our country has become bigger hard. It started as an environmental film we want to see what was the effect of the loss of eyes on the animals. I eat it and that being a film about indigenous rights but the lightly what's the faltered with of these terms of the edict. Canada and Greenland and no plan to change its effectiveness and of course the animals. Ironkey. Cougar traditions and to their livelihoods and and there would system so. EU diesel about Phoenix. And that's just it. These folks have adapted for millennia it's up to us now to help them adapt and to slow our carbon role. Our indigenous cultures have been here are adaptable. But don't repeated yet to change that we're seeing now. That's going to be a stress on all union all. For years people who are not from the Arctic. Either you can take our person friend he's faceless thing you really cannot seek out. Ballistic. Connection. It still records and is soon. It's always going to be re currently set weird community into. So here's the part where I can look at you with a smile and greater confidence saying. It's not too late. Even we phase out fossil fuels and you invest in renewable energies if we change that we we reviews would both online and the ocean. And Wharton indigenous groups to protect. At least 30% of the planet McClintock thirteenth and we have a chance off. Slowing the warming the planet. And at east but a decision on the climate returning. To a place with more violence more predictability and more stable conditions for error for human life boats and human bean. I'm incredibly. And comedy are comforting to know that we do have some heart in. The amount of warning really hit her and she inquire bottle. Suggesting how much of a rule him out fossil fuel emissions is going to play it and the evolution of our future Arctic so. I think it optimistic in regard that we still have it she adds to prevent it on the next year zero X. I'm Jim Jersey and it is not to wait. Even with Arctic sea acts. National Geographic documentary the last ice will be released next month and we should mention the National Geographic is a division of the Walt Disney company the parent company of ABC news.

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