Global warming is for sure playing havoc on Arctic ice. In August, the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) stated that over 900 cubic kilometers of summer sea ice had vanished from the Arctic Ocean.
According to NSIDC, it has reached its lowest levels this year, setting a new low. This year the levels have gone down to 3.41 million sq km.
The main reason for this fall in sea ice levels has been attributed to the changing climate. However, since autumn has checked in, the ice extent is expected to go higher. But, the change in wind patterns can push the ice extent down.
In 2012, the rate of ice loss stood at 760,000 square kilometers. It broke the previous low record of 4.17 million sq km in September 18, 2012. In other words, it will be the same as the size of the state of Texas.
This year’s minimum is 18% below 2007 and 49% below the 1979 to 2000 average. It fell below 3.29 million square kilometers on September which is as twice as the size of the state of Alaska.
It has always been believed that when the climate warms up, the first and most prominent changes will be seen in the Arctic. But nobody expected such a drastic change.