Looking at new data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center, Suzanne Goldenberg at the Guardian reports Thursday that Arctic sea ice continues down a “death spiral,” disappearing much faster than scientists expected.
According to satellite data, the amount of ice cover fell to its fifth lowest on record in March.
Showing unusually warm temperatures, the Arctic struggled to produce ice at normal levels and took several weeks longer to “push the ice out across the Barents and Bering seas,” reports Goldenberg.
The scenario was consistent with a continual decrease, or “linear rate of decline,” in Arctic ice levels this time of year over the last several decades, according to the researchers.
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