NOAA says the Arctic sea-ice extent reached a record low of 9,719,000 square miles on Monday, and that it is the lowest on record.
It also says the global sea ice extent is at a record high, at 10.35 million square miles.
That was 1.3 million square kilometers below the record high set in February.
The world’s oceans cover more than 70 percent of the globe, but the Arctic is the last place on Earth where sea ice coverage is at its highest.
NOAA said Monday that this low is due to the warming Arctic Ocean, as well as an increased amount of heat from human-induced climate change.
The agency also said that sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is currently about half its usual level, which is consistent with what we’ve seen in the past.
That’s a significant improvement from the year before, when the average was more than half a million square yards below average.
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