Honey, we shrunk the ice sheets

The sea ice cover on the Arctic hit a record low for this time of year on March 7. The Arctic ice sheet should be at its biggest during the month of March, but on that day, the ice cover reached "a record low wintertime maximum extent", the United St
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The sea ice cover on the Arctic hit a record low for this time of year on March 7. The Arctic ice sheet should be at its biggest during the month of March, but on that day, the ice cover reached "a record low wintertime maximum extent", the United States space agency Nasa said on Wednesday. At 14.4 million sq km, this is the lowest maximum extent in the satellite record and 1.18 million sq km below the average maximum extent from 1981 to 2010.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 24, 2017, with the headline 'Honey, we shrunk the ice sheets'. Print Edition | Subscribe