English: Polar Bear

English: Polar Bear (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Arctic ice has shrunk to its lowest level ever and is still melting.  The upshot of this will be more global warming and climate change.  So, what does this mean in practical terms?  Surprisingly, there may be some advantages:  longer growing seasons could mean increased agricultural production in some areas and  less energy consumption will be needed for heating colder places. Unfortunately, the disadvantages include increased air pollution, starvation, increased deaths from heat waves, forest fires and catastrophic storms.

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Study the words

shrunk– reduced in size
melting– becoming water
upshot– result
surprisingly– unexpectedly
advantages– benefit, positive effect
increased– more than before
energy consumption– use of fuel, electricity etc.
heating– making warmer
disadvantages– negative effects
starvation– hunger
heat waves– periods of very hot weather

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