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Arctic Sea ice at new low as it melts at twice normal rate

29 Aug 2012

The Irish Times

DICK AHLSTROM, Science Editor

ARCTIC SEA ice is melting away at about twice the rate it normally would this time of year and has reached a record low.

An area of ice almost the size of Ireland is disappearing each day and three more weeks of melting remain before cooling weather can halt the rapid loss.

Scientists have reacted with alarm at the data issued this week by the National Snow and Ice Data Centre at the University of Colorado, Boulder. One warns that the Arctic Sea could lose all its ice by 2015 and there is little that can be done to stop it.

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