Global Climate Change: Arctic Sea Ice Just Hit Another Scary Record

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While global climate change may seem like a vague and distant worry to most people, the truth is that 2.34 million square miles of sea ice have disappeared from the Arctic and Antarctic coastlines.

But here’s the scary part: that’s roughly equal to the size of India.

No, you didn’t misread that. Global climate change has pulled yet another magic trick by making chunks of sea ice that could have covered the entire subcontinent vanish.

“There are some really crazy things going on,” Mark Serreze, director of the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), told Alister Doyle for Reuters. (Source: “Polar sea ice the size of India vanishes in record heat,” Reuters, December 5, 2016.)

“It’s an extraordinary departure from the norm,” added Anders Levermann from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany.

The researchers reported that Arctic sea ice averaged roughly 3.51 million square miles. Since that was the lowest amount of sea ice ever recorded in November, the data is depressingly clear.

Even the most ardent global climate change deniers wouldn’t be able to deny the fact that 309,000 square miles of Arctic sea ice has simply vanished between 2006 and now.

Of course, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Arctic temperatures rose 20 degrees Celsius above their historic averages in November, because (once again) this year is expected to be the hottest on record.

Even Antarctica, which has proven more resistant to global climate change, is losing ice at a record pace. It is now roughly 386,000 square miles below its previous low point, a fact that should terrify all humans, everywhere.

Global climate change deniers may scoff at these obvious facts, but they remain true. No amount of snowfall or flash freezes can possibly countermand the logic and evidence of global climate change. In fact, extreme weather events are merely symptoms of global climate change.

The fact remains that neither the Arctic nor the Antarctic have ever had less sea ice in the month of November. The amount of sea ice lost is equal to the area of two Alaskas, two Indonesias, or one India.