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Antarctic sea ice shrinks to lowest annual maximum level on record, data shows

  • Sea ice in Antarctica reached a record low surface area this winter, according to satellite data analysis by NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center . The ice cover dropped to 1.03 million square kilometers, smaller than the previous record, raising concerns about a long-term decline in Antarctic sea ice.
  • The decrease in sea ice levels has dire consequences for animals like penguins that rely on the ice for breeding and rearing their young. The reduction in sea ice also contributes to global warming by reducing the amount of sunlight reflected back into space. Researchers warn that the decline is likely driven by warming ocean temperatures caused by human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The decline in Antarctic sea ice levels, along with the recent low conditions, is consistent with the effects of climate change. The shift towards record-low conditions raises concerns among scientists about the impact of climate change on Antarctic sea ice.
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