The NSIDC doesn’t usually release data for both poles simultaneously, but has done so this time because of what scientists have dubbed an “exceptional” year in 2017..
Burning all known fossil fuels could push global temperature an average of 8C above preindustrial levels, with the Arctic bearing brunt of warming.
There are very real questions about whether or not the world will be able to stay below the two degree limit.
According to polar scientist Dr Dirk Notz, the question isn’t why is Arctic sea ice melting so fast, it’s how come we have any left at all?
The authors of research used by an article in The Australian on deep ocean cooling have taken the newspaper to task for its coverage of their work.