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Due to high temperatures in the Polar Regions Arctic Ice has fallen - 23rd March

Ice Caps

Due to high temperatures in the Polar Regions Arctic Ice has fallen to a new wintertime low, as climate change effects North and South Pole. During winter months the polar ice caps usually grow but the 2017 maximum was only 14.4 sq km.

The record low comes a day after the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation warned that the record-breaking heat from 2016, the hottest year ever recorded has and will continue into 2017, meaning globally we will be entering “uncharted territory”.

Melting of Arctic Ice is already causing extreme weather conditions that impact on millions of people worldwide. The extreme low in winter Arctic ice follows a very warm autumn and winter and looks set to continue for many years to come.

The Arctic ice cap fell to its second lowest summer extent on record in September 2016, just ahead of the lowest ever mark set in 2012. “The long-term decline is a clear indicator of climate change,” said Nasa scientist Walt Meier.

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