Artic sea ice at second lowest level in 42 years: Polar sea ice in the Arctic has reached its second-lowest level seen in the last 42 years.
The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder has found in new research, which reported on 15th September that Arctic sea ice at 3.74 million square kilometres may have reached its minimum extent for the year.
Since the beginning of the satellite record in 1979, this is only the second time Arctic sea ice has hit this low level.
Scientists argue the massive fires and the 37.7°C heatwaves in Siberia are likely to blame for the shrinking of the ice.
The 14 lowest extents of Arctic sea ice in the satellite-monitored era have all occurred in the last 14 years are also suggested by the figures.
Director of NSIDC, Mark Serreze said: “The year 2020 will stand as an exclamation point on the downward trend in Arctic sea ice extent. We are headed towards a seasonally ice-free Arctic Ocean, and this year is another nail in the coffin.”
Artic sea ice at second lowest level in 42 years