Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Arctic Sea Ice Melting Faster than Expected

Today's Washington Post reports that Arctic sea ice is melting more quickly than scientists had anticipated. Satellite data from NASA and the National Snow and Ice Center show that sea ice cover in the Arctic continues to shrink, and the ice cap is also thinning.

The same day that the ice data were revealed, international leaders had convened in Washington to issues affecting the Earth's polar regions. On the State Department's website you can read a transcript of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's speech made to the Joint Session of the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting and the Arctic Council.

For additional resources, see our guide to Climate Change.

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