Average U.S. family destroys football field’s worth of Arctic sea ice every 30 years


The jet fuel you burned on that flight from New York City to London? Say goodbye to 1 square meter of Arctic sea ice.

Since at least the 1960s, the shrinkage of the ice cap over the Arctic Ocean has advanced in lockstep with the amount of greenhouse gases humans have sent into the atmosphere, according to a study published this week in Science. Every additional metric ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) puffed into the atmosphere appears to cost the Arctic another 3 square meters of summer sea ice—a simple and direct observational link that has been sitting in data beneath scientists’ noses….

Notz et al. Observed Arctic sea-ice loss directly follows anthropogenic CO2 emission. Science  03 Nov 2016:DOI: 10.1126/science.aag2345

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