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Melting polar ice changes the Earth's rotation and affects the weather itself

Melting polar ice changes the Earth's rotation and affects the weather itself

A view of planet Earth from space. Global warming has caused so much polar ice to melt that it is affecting the speed at which the Earth rotates. Universal History Archive/Getty Images

One day, in two years, every person in the world will waste a second of their time. According to a new study, humans are influencing exactly when this happens, as melting polar ice changes the Earth's rotation and time itself.

by: CNN

The hours and minutes that dictate our days are determined by the Earth's rotation. But this rotation is not constant; It may change slightly, depending on what's happening on Earth's surface and in its molten core.

These sometimes imperceptible changes mean that world clocks have to be adjusted by “leap seconds,” which may seem small but can have a major impact on computing systems.

Many seconds have been added over the years. But after a long period of slowing down, the Earth's rotation is now accelerating. For the first time it will be necessary to remove the second.

You can read the full memo at CNN

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