Arctic sea ice levels at all-time low

A new low for sea ice cover has climate scientists worried

A new report released from the National Snow and Ice Data Center in the U.S. says that the amount of ice in the Arctic is at an all-time low. It breaks a previous record set in 2007.

Satellite data from August 26 shows that sea ice extent dropped to 4.10 million square kilometres. That’s the lowest amount seen in the three decades since the polar cap has been observed. Scientists believe that with two to three weeks left in the summer melt session, the minimum ice extent could become even lower.

The previous record from 2007 was 4.17 million square kilometres. The report also noted that the six lowest levels have all been recorded in the last six years

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