Tuesday, December 17, 2013

We?re still losing ice at the poles

One of the key indicators and consequences of global warming is ice loss at the Earth?s poles. As the planet warms, on average and over time, more ice melts every summer. It refreezes in the winter, but again, as temperatures rise, in general we?ll see less ice at any given time as compared to the year before.The situation for the two poles is different. In the north, the Arctic ice floats on the ocean, and in the south, the Antarctic ice is over ...

Arctic sea ice reached its minimum extent in Sep. 2013, two days earlier than usual. The orange line is the median minimum extent from 1981 - 2010; note how much lower the ice was this year.

http://grist.org/article/were-still-losing-ice-at-the-poles-2