Minimum Arctic sea ice tied for second lowest on record
The amount of Arctic ice has reached its annual minimum – just 1.6 million square miles.
According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), this year's coverage is the second lowest on record, tied to the minimums reached in 2007 and 2016.
As satellite records are retained in In the early 1970s, the NSIDC reported that the 13 smallest sea ice minimums had occurred in the last 13 years. The lowest record was in 2012, sea ice dropped to 1.37 million square miles.
Minimum sea ice has decreased by 12.8 percent per decade over the past 40 years, which scientists say is partly a result of climate change.  TITANIAN SECRET CONTAINED IN NORTHERN IRELAND HOUSE (Martin Zwick / REDA & CO / Universal Images Group via Getty Images) “/>
Ilulissat Icefjord in Disco Bay off the West Coast of Greenland. (Martin Zwick / REDA & CO / Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
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A study published last month claims that the Arctic sea ice could completely disappear every summer by midnight if the temperatures drop by September degrees Celsius.
"The ice recedes from June to September and then in September, it begins to grow again in a seasonal cycle. And we say that we could not have ice in September," Chang said in a statement.
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Scientists claim that carbon pollution is warming the Arctic at a faster rate than the rest of the world, thus contributing to the melting of sea ice.
Skeptics have largely dismissed concerns about human impacts on global temperatures and argue that climate change has continued since the beginning of time. They also claim that the dangers of a warming planet are exaggerated and question the impact that fossil fuels have had on climate change. Chris Tsiaxia contributed to this report.