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Antarctica is the coldest continent on earth with the coldest recorded temperature of -128.9 degrees Fahrenheit.1 There is concern on what effect increasing global temperatures will have on the continent. The glaciers and ice sheets that surround Antarctica are at risk for shrinking as time goes on. Since 1960, the average winter temperatures have increased by 10.8 degrees F.2 The Larsen Ice Shelf has also been shrinking as a direct result from rising air temperatures.3 Fire is another environmental risk factor in Antarctica since its climate is so dry.4 Fighting fires is impossible because water freezes in hoses almost instantly. Thus, most fire fighting efforts concentrate solely on prevention.5

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1 http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/27068/Antarctica/24711/Climate
2-3 Ibid
4http://www.riskmanagementmonitor.com/managing-safety-and-health-risks-in-antarctica/
5 Ibid
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