This year’s minimum extent is well below the long-term average and scientists are warning that Arctic sea ice is not showing any signs of recovery.
‘This year Arctic sea ice cover is the second-lowest ever recorded. We face the very real possibility of the disappearance of Arctic summer sea ice in our lifetimes. That is not just catastrophic for the people and wildlife of the Arctic, it’s dangerous for all of us.
‘We are breaking a critical link in the chain which controls our climate system. Arctic sea ice is the world’s air-conditioning system and we are switching it off.’
Greenpeace International spokesperson
The 10 lowest extents on record have all occurred in the last 10 years and NASA is now calling the shrinking ice coverage ‘the new normal’.