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Arctic sea ice shrinks to second lowest level ever recorded - 19th September

SEA ICE

The results reinforce the downward trend towards ice-free summers due to the effects of climate change.

According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado, sea ice reached its summer low point on Saturday 10th September of 4.14m sq km, with 3.39m sq km having previously been reached in 2012.  

Director Mark Serreze explained 'there is no evidence of recovery here... we've always known that the Arctic is going to be the early warning system for climate change. What we've seen this year is reinforcing that'.

The minimum sea ice level seen this year is nearly 2.56m sq km smaller than the average for 1979 to 2000.  Serreze went on to say that he would not be surprised if the Arctic was essentially free of summer ice by 2030 and such a scenario will affect international security.

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