Arctic sea ice thinning twice as fast as thought, study finds

7th Jun, 2021

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Snow weighs the ice down, so it is critical to know how deep it is in order to calculate the thickness of the ice. Photograph: Natalie Thomas/Reuters


Sea ice across much of the Arctic is thinning twice as fast as previously thought, researchers have found. Arctic ice is melting as the climate crisis drives up temperatures, resulting in a vicious circle in which more dark water is exposed to the sun’s heat, leading to even more heating of the planet.

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