Arctic Sea ice 28% down as temperatures 36 degrees above normal: study

Arctic Sea ice 28% down as temperatures 36 degrees above normal: study

Sea ice around the North Pole is nearly 28 per cent down and average temperature is roughly 36 degrees above the normal, according to a new study by NASA researchers.

The estimated 28 per cent decline in Arctic Sea ice from the long-term average in October is reportedly lowest for the month on record. Scientists said the amount of sea ice covering the northernmost ocean has dwindled to lows that were never noticed before for this time of year.

Walt Meier, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Cryospheric Sciences Lab, said, "Seeing extremes in the Arctic is becoming fairly routine in some sense, but this is quite unusual and there has been talk in the community regarding how out of whack things appear at the moment."

The World Meteorological Organization reported that temperatures in the Russian Arctic region have ranged from 7 to 13 degrees above normal. Temperatures in other Arctic and sub-Arctic areas near Alaska and Canada were recorded at least 5 degrees above average in October.

Like the rest of the world, the Arctic region has been hotter than normal this year, and scientists have once again blamed global warming caused by man-made carbon emissions for the issue.

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