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Arctic Sea Ice At Second-lowest Level Since 1979
2011-09-16 04:32:17

  The extent of Arctic Ocean sea ice fell to its second-lowest size since 1979, the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) said on Thursday. According to preliminary findings, the annual sea ice minimum was reached on September 9, when the ice covered 1.67 million square miles, the center said in a statement. "Changing winds could still push ice flows together reducing ice extend further," the researchers said. A full analysis will be available early next month, when...

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2010-04-08 06:48:59

The U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center reports that the extent of sea ice over the Arctic Ocean grew until the last day of March, which is the latest the annual melting season has begun in 31 years of satellite records. The center said in a statement on Wednesday that cold weather and winds from the north over the Bering Sea and Barents Sea meant the area of ocean covered by ice expanded through last month.  That is two days later than in 1999, the previous latest start to a melting...

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2008-09-15 14:35:00

Observations on ice coverage and thickness show that sea ice in the Arctic may be headed for a consecutive record low in a trend that demands action from governments pursuing a new climate pact, the Worldwide Fund for Nation said on Monday. "If you take reduced ice thickness into account, there is probably less ice overall in the Arctic this year than in any other year since monitoring began," said Martin Sommerkorn, senior climate adviser of the WWF's Arctic program. "This is also the first...

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2008-07-31 07:15:00

Although new evidence suggests that a long-term thawing of Arctic sea ice is currently under way, scientists withdrew previous prediction that the ice would shrink below a 2007 record low this year. Previous reports highlighted a fear that the drastic melt witnessed in 2007 could lead to a total melt of ice on the North Pole. "Most likely there will not be a new record minimum ice year in the Arctic this September," said Ola M. Johannessen of the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing...