The Arctic sea ice extent yesterday fell below its previous record low and is currently losing frozen sea at the rate of ~29,000 square miles (~75,000 square kilometers) a day. That’s equivalent to an area the size of South Carolina every 24 hours.

Here’s what happened:.

On 26 August 2012 sea ice extent fell to 1.58 million square miles (4.10 million square kilometers).

That’s 27,000 square miles (70,000 square kilometers) below the previous record set on 18 September 2007.

The 2007 record low ice extent was 1.61 million square miles (4.17 million square kilometers).

Note that this year’s record low was set more than three weeks earlier than the 2007 record. And summer isn’t over yet. There’s more melting to come.

via Arctic Ice Shatters Melt Record | Mother Jones.

More inconvenient facts for us to ignore while watching The Bachelor. 

One thought on “Arctic Ice Shatters Melt Record | Mother Jones

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s