Arctic ice melting: is the countdown started?


NASA satellite measurements do not lie: the disappearance of one of the last pristine regions of the planet is getting closer. According to the latest report from the National Snow and Ice Data Centre of the United States, on 1st June 2016, the extent of the ice covering the Arctic Ocean has amounted to 11.1 million square kilometers, representing a reduction of 5% compared to the previous low of 2004 and as much as 12% from the mean value of 12.7 million over the last thirty years, for the same period.

Last November, NASA released a lapse movie showing the severe effects of climate change on the environment. The video summarizes the dissolution rate of sea ice over the last three decades, between 1984 and 2016.

See more videos of NASA about the effects of climate change on the Arctic and Antarctic ice.

Here is the link to the specific NASA channel.

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