Scientists stunned as Arctic ice cover plummets to record low
NEW DELHI: In what is being described as a global disaster, Arctic sea ice has fallen to its minimum extent for the year, covering just 3.41 million sq km. This is the lowest summer cover since satellite data collection began. It is nearly 50 percent lower than the 1979-2000 average.
“”We are now in uncharted territory,”” said Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Center (NSIDC) in Colorado, US told media.
“”While we’ve long known that as the planet warms up, changes would be seen first and be most pronounced in the Arctic, few of us were prepared for how rapidly the changes would actually occur.””
Scientists tracking Arctic sea ice had been warning of rapidly declining ice extent over this summer. On 26 August, sea ice extent crossed the previous low of 4.17 million sq km, set on 18 September 2007…
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