Arctic Ice extent heads for satellite record low
Exceptionally warm weather across the North Pole during the first half of July, with temperatures up to 8C above normal, could lead to record low ice extent this year according to experts, based on data collected by satellites which started in 1979.
Arctic sea ice is already lower than at the same time in 2007, shown below, the year which currently holds the satellite record for the lowest ice cover.
The continued decline in Arctic sea ice continues to confound climate sceptics who have consistently predicted a rebound from the low point in 2007.
According to The National Snow and Ice Data centre, sea ice is 23% below the 1979-2000 average.