Sea ice level in the Arctic and Antarctic at all-time low

While sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic is melting, the concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a record high. “The missing ice in both poles has been quite extraordinary,” stated a UN expert.
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The World Meteorological Organization announced today (Friday) that the amount of sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic reached an all-time low last month. Meanwhile, the concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a record high.

“The missing ice in both poles has been quite extraordinary,” said Director of the World Climate Research Programme David Carlson during a UN briefing in Geneva. The organization also stressed that January 2017 was the third hottest January ever recorded.

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The U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center also collected data about the concerning situation and reported that last week, the lowest sea ice level in Antarctica was recorded since 1997. Over the past four decades, the sea ice level in the Arctic Ocean has continued to drop as part of the global warming process.

However, the Antarctic sea ice level actually hit a record monthly high in 2012. Scientists believe that the level increased due to melting ice shelves.



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