A view from space of Arctic sea ice at a near record low this month. Scientists in Germany, who use a different methodology, said 2011 was a record low
By early September, the area covered by sea ice in the Arctic Ocean was approaching a record low. On September 9, sea ice covered 4.33 million square kilometers (1.67 million square miles), US National Snow and Ice Data Center reported. The 2011 low is 2.38 million square kilometers (919,000 square miles) below the average minimum extent measured between 1979 and 2000. Late season melt or a shift in wind patterns could still decrease the sea ice extent before the winter freeze-up begins. Photograph: AMSR-E/Aqua/NASA
From the Himalayas to the Arctic, the signs of danger are visible
Ice is the white flag being waved by our planet, under fire from the atmospheric attack being mounted by humanity. From the frosted plains of the Arctic ice pack to the cool blue caverns of the mountain glaciers, the dripping away of frozen water is the most crystal clear of all the Earth’s warning signals.
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Reports focus on the possibility a record minimum for Arctic sea ice in September, but a major loss during the early summer months is climatologically more important
More (Click here), From the Guardian Environment Network, Dirk Notz, Friday 9 September 2011