Thanks to climate change, the Arctic sea ice is shrinking to its smallest size on record.
Professor Seymour Laxon of the University College London – along with a worldwide team of scientists – has been gathering sea ice data using Europe’s CryoSat-2 satellite.
Laxon says, “Sometimes the radar bounces off the surface of the ice, sometimes it bounces off the water between the ice flows. And by looking at that difference in elevation we can measure roughly that one-tenth of the ice that is sticking up above the water… If we haven’t reached an ice minimum already, we’re very close to approaching one.”
The U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) says the decline in Arctic sea ice has happened much faster than projections set by the United Nations five years ago.
Not good, considering the shrinking ice threatens both wildlife and the indigenous people.
There is something good that’s coming out of it, however…