Greenland’s Sea Ice At Lowest Level In 800 Years

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Here’s the scary climate change statistic for the day: Greenland’s sea ice is at the lowest it’s been in 800 years. Although this won’t come as a surprise to anyone – let’s face it, sea ice anywhere in the world hasn’t been growing much lately – it’s both a frightening statistic, and an impressive technological step in retracing the steps of our planet’s history.
A group of researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute gathered the data on ice from the 13th century by measuring ice cores, growth rings on trees, as well as taking into consideration observations from ship and harbour log books. They’ve traced it back to the 1300s, which was known to be a very warm period of time, and one that is appropriate to compare to where we’re at now. The time period when the sea ice was the thickest was during a the 1700-1800s, which they’ve aptly called the ‘Little Ice Age.

But ever since this time we’ve been running out of ice – sometimes at faster rates, such as in the 1910-1920s where we lost 300 square km worth of ice. Although that rate wasn’t maintained throughout the 20th century, the ice is starting to melt at a similar rate right now, and it doesn’t look to be much we can do about it. Keep it in mind when you’re running your A/C this summer, and try and keep your carbon footprint as small as possible to preserve the ice Greenland has left.

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