Global sea ice is de­creas­ing

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT - SEA ICE

is be­ing lost at an av­er­age rate of 35,000 square kilo­me­tres a year since 1979, ac­cord­ing to This is de­spite a rise in Antarc­tic sea ice. Claire Parkin­son, a cli­mate sci­en­tist at the God­dard Space Flight Cen­tre who has con­ducted the study, ex­plains this is be­cause the de­creases in Arc­tic sea ice far ex­ceed the in­creases in Antarc­tic sea ice.

Her anal­y­sis of global sea ice from Novem­ber 1978 to De­cem­ber 2013 shows that the trend in ice ex­tents was down­ward in all months of the year. The study has been pub­lished in the Jour­nalofCli­mate.

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