Arctic sea ice at second lowest extent ever recorded
More alarming news on the global warming front as Arctic sea ice reaches the second lowest extent ever recorded. This comes at a time when some high profile politicians such as Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin and others imply that this is just a natural cycle and has nothing to do with human industrial actions. Whatever the reason, natural or human, many feel it needs carefully monitoring and investigating so that steps can be taken globally if need be to stop and reverse the trend.
Arctic sea ice has reached the second lowest extent ever recorded, according to the US national snow and ice centre, and a new map shows how far the 2008 melt has receded compared to the historical average.
The map, produced by Collins, illustrates that the area of ice that is at least five years old has fallen by more than half since 1985. It comes as the Northwest Passage, above north America, and the Northeast Passage, over the top of Russia, are both free of ice for the first time.