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Arctic Sea Ice Shrivels to Record Low for Winter

Sea ice area is 35,000 square miles below 2015's record

Another signal of an overheating world, photo: Pixabay
9 months ago

WASHINGTON – The frigid top of the Earth just set yet another record for low levels of sea ice in what scientists say is a signal of an overheating world.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado says the Arctic this month set a record low for winter peak sea ice area: 5.57 million square miles. That’s about 35,000 square miles below 2015’s record.

In this image provided by the National Snow and Ice Data Center and NASA, shows how low sea ice levels were in the Arctic this winter, alarming climate scientists. Photo: AP/National Snow and Ice Data Center and NASA

Center Director Mark Serreze says the less ice that grows in the winter, the deeper the melt problem is in the Arctic in the crucial summer. More areas will likely be ice-free.

Serreze says what’s happening is important because Earth is losing a key part of its climate system.

Satellite records go back 38 years.

SETH BORENSTEIN

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