Arctic sea ice ‘melting at its fastest rate since records began’

The sea ice of the Arctic will melt further and faster than at any time since records began, according to the latest data collected by a satellite survey of the polar region.

Scientists warned yesterday that the sea ice is already approaching the record minimum set in September 2005, even with a further month of the summer melting season still remaining.

This year has seen one of the most rapid rates of sea ice melting, which began in spring after one of the most disappointing winters for
ice formation. "Unless something unusual happens we’re definitely on track for a record loss of sea ice. We’re on track to shatter all
records," said Mark Serreze, an Arctic specialist at the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre at Colorado University in Denver.

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