Arctic sea ice at record low
Arctic sea ice shrank to the lowest winter extent ever recorded, and follows earlier news that 2014 was the warmest year since record keeping began. This record, announced in March by the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre, is an urgent wake up call says Samantha Smith, leader of WWF’s climate team. “Unless we make dramatic cuts in polluting gases we will end up with a climate that is unrecognizable, unpredictable and damaging for natural systems and people,” she said. A recent study showed sea ice has thinned by 65% since 1975. WWF is working with governments, communities and other organisations to identify and protect regions where sea ice is predicted to last longest, to give the best chance for ice-dependent species such as the polar bear.
Original article posted on: 16.03.15 Updated on: 26.03.15