Arctic sea ice at record low

NBC NewsArctic sea ice is at a record low, scientists reported Tuesday. Several recent warmer years have led to a “less polar pole,” according to one of the scientists.

The area of Arctic waters covered by sea ice was measured at 1.58 million square miles on Sunday, the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) reported. That’s below the previous record low of 1.61 million square miles set on Sept. 18, 2007, and in line with earlier expectations for the season.”

Photo: This image shows the amount of Arctic ice on Aug. 26. The yellow line represents the average minimum summer ice coverage from 1979 to 2010. (Image via NASA)