September 16th, 2010
02:40 PM ET

Scientists: Arctic ice nearing record low

This image shows the changing size of ice in the Arctic.

Sea ice covering the Arctic reached the third lowest level ever recorded this summer, scientists reported this week.

There was less sea ice in the Arctic only during the summers of 2007 and 2008, the National Ice and Snow Data Center at the University of Colorado reported.

Researchers think higher global temperatures attributable to human-produced greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are responsible for the low amount of ice, according to the NISDC report.

The sea ice reached its summer minimum on September 10 at 1.84 million square miles, NISDC researchers said. While that amount is 240,000 square miles above 2007’s record low, it is still 130,000 square miles less than was seen at the 2009 minimum, said Mark Serreze, a University of Colorado geography professor and director of the NISDC.

"We are still looking at summers with an ice-free Arctic Ocean in perhaps 20 to 30 years," Serreze said.

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  1. smartdvp

    The temnpature is going up on the earth. W all know that, but will it stop? it is many reasons, for why the tempature is reaising. I know one person that can started and get the tempature down. Barack Obama. of they have started to using less gasoline. in cars, and so on. Not only america, but every country. But this is just one blog post from me. On my own blog i blog about completly different. So what do i know. I only hope that something is gona hapend. A turning point for the planet 🙂

    September 16, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Thomas Tucker

      Actually they know exactly why. CO2 in the atmosphere dissipates heat more slowly into space. This lag time is responsible for warming now, as predicted nearly 50 years ago. It is current atmospheric science.

      September 16, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gavin

    this would be happening regardless of humans creating greenhouse gases or not.

    September 16, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Red Dragon

      Your rock would really like you to crawl back under it.

      September 16, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Thomas Tucker

      You have proof of that during a period of net solar dimming? You need to post it as it will revolutionize atmospheric science and undoubtedly create a whole new field of physics and chemistry as it would render their current study inadequate.

      September 16, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • scientist

      and you know this how???? sounds like defensive wishful thinking to me

      September 16, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • flambool

      And that makes it ok somehow?

      September 16, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marcus

      and that what God want, hummm

      September 16, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mi

      Actually, earth should be cooling now, not warming. The "little ice age" was interrupted by the Industrial Revolution. Human industrial activity began pumping ever increasing amounts of CO2, methane, and other gases into the atmosphere. The oceans and forests kept up with it for a while, but deforestation and further industrial expansion continued. Global warming, human cause. On the plus side, no new ice age. But still need to act to make sure the warming doesn't become "runaway." For more info about "runaway" warming, please see the planet Venus.

      September 16, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Marc

    But really, what's the political reason for the melt? I mean, you can't leave explanations to science, for goodness sake.

    September 16, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. amy

    Seriously smartdvp???? I can't believe that you have a blog that is widely read. It was difficult to get through your comment. Can't comprehend how ridiculous your blogs reads. Learn to read and write the English language before you attempt to inflict your crap on others.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Busharific

    Does anyone else think this might be a little bad?

    September 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kbaredge126c

    C'mon folks. We're in a natural cycle of global warming exacerbated by the actions of a bi-pedal parasite. Cheers.

    September 16, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lady Gag

    If you want to call tsunamis and massive flooding 'a little bad'.........then YES it will be a wee bit of a problem down the road, particularly for anyone on a coastline

    September 16, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Arthur W Chestnut

    The democrat VP Al Gore said we were experiencing global warming. That means the GOP will assure us
    that it is cooling.

    September 16, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Harry P

    Its great when you think about it. I couldn't afford ocean views where I live, but in20 – 30 years I'll have ocean front property. What a bonus. PS. sorry to the many dead and displaced due to rising sea levels, catastrophic weather events et cetera et cetera.

    September 16, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. john

    When are we going to stop worrying about global warming? It's a natural cycle and 99% of people who say they're concerned sure don't show it in their lifestyles. The whole topic is getting pretty tiring!

    September 16, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. phil

    John, there is nothing natural about how we have polluted this planet. Wake the hello up already. You are right about us not to worry, because there is nothing we can do about it. example– if we lower carbon emmissions, we will lose the shade they give us from the will get hotter even faster. Nothing can stop the earth from becoming more tropical. Those like Al Gore know this, but see the huge potential for dishonest gain from stupid people.

    September 16, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. G

    GO WATCH THIS: and you will be enlightened. You may have already watched it, but it's cool.

    September 16, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ANGIE

    We don't know for sure what's making the ice to melt! or why Earth is shaking everywhere! Is this or that? One thing for sure it got me thinking what's going on?

    September 17, 2010 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. ANGIE

    One thing for sure we need to take care of our only planet!

    September 17, 2010 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. Bob Loblaw

    If there's anyone in the world to blame for greenhouse gas emissions, it's India and China. They spew out FAR more pollution in the world than the United States could ever hope to make themselves. India and China need to get their acts together for the sake of the Earth.

    September 17, 2010 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
    • DoubleDose

      Actually, in the US, we spew on average 5 times more carbon dioxide per capita than China, and 19 times more per capita than India. Per capita, the US far out paces these countries. As for raw numbers, China recently surpassed the aggregate amount on CO2 spewed by the US. China spewed about 6,538,367.00 thousand metric tons of CO2 in 2007 while the US spewed 5,838,381.00 thousand metric tons of CO2 in the same year. India paled in comparison spewing 1,612,362.00 thousand metric tons. The point is that per capita, or per person emissions in the US far exceed China and India.

      So don't say they need to get their acts together. We, the leader of the free world, need to lead by example. We have always been on the cutting edge of technology and innovation. Now, we are seeming to languish in the old, out-dated technology of fossil fuels. We need to make a commitment to our future as a country to ensure energy security here. He have the ability to harvest all the energy we need here, and create millions of jobs doing it. And, as a result, we would also do a great service to ensuring our long term national security by not sending billions of dollars of our own national wealth over seas to psychopathic, tyrannical leaders around the world. We would also be able to keep much of the money we spend on defending our fuel sources around the world to invest in our own country! Think of what we could do with all the money we have spent trying to defend pipelines and oil-fields around the world. It is a poor strategy going forward. We can't afford to languish in the fossil fuel era.

      Within a decade, our country had the vision and determination to put a man on the moon. We need that same vision and determination to transform our energy economy. It can be done and it will be done. As oil production worldwide peaks, and demand outstrips supply, we will be forced by the increasing price of these forms of fuel to choose a different path. We can soften the transition now, by consciously making the decision now to change course, or we can be forced into it by market forces in the near future. In my opinion, it makes sense to put ourselves on the path now, instead of waiting for the turmoil of ever increasing fuel prices.

      September 17, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
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