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Sea ice hits new record low at both poles

MIAMI: The sea ice cover in the Arctic and Antarctic hit new record lows for this time of year, marking the smallest polar ice caps in the 38-year satellite record, US government scientists said Wednesday. In March, the Arctic ice sheet should be at its biggest, but on March 7 the ice cover reached "a record low wintertime maximum extent," said a statement by the US space agency NASA. Data from the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado, also showed that on March 3, "sea ice…

Arctic and Antarctic sea ice at record low in January: UN

WASHINGTON: The extent of sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic last month was the lowest on record for January, the U.N. World Meteorological Organization said on Friday, while concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a record level. "The missing ice in both poles has been quite extraordinary," David Carlson, Director of the World Climate Research Programme, told a U.N. briefing in Geneva. In 2012, Antarctic sea ice actually¬†hit a record monthly high, with scientists theorizing that melting ice shelves…