Sea Ice Death Spiral Watch: A New Low
August 20, 2012
A friend writes:
As reported on Cryosphere Today based on NSIDC data, sea ice area today is 2.92 million square kilometres. The record area set on September 7th 2011 was 2.917439 million square kilometres and we are looking at this record broken perhaps (monday, august 20). I know the extent is often and widely bandied about, but that figure is deceptive, because it doesn’t account for the open water between ice-floes.
Sea Ice is crashing to a new record low area, and we are still some 3 weeks, or more, away from the bottom. This is an important development.