Arctic Heatwaves

For 38 years satellite imaging has recorded the extent of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean. This article describes how the 2016-17 winter saw the lowest extent of ice ever recorded in this manner as a result of exceptionally warm winter weather.  The artlcle ends as so many other articles (unfortunately not read by President Donald Trump or his fossil fuel corporate supporter) with the following plea :

Rod Downie, WWF’s polar programme manager, said: “The annual freeze and thaw of sea ice in the polar regions is like the beating heart of our planet, driving ocean circulation and regulating our climate. But sea ice is in decline in a warming world and the records have been shattered this year.

“We need to act now to lower our carbon emissions by improving energy efficiency, switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy and tackling climate change head on,” he said.

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