A chunk of sea ice the size of India has melted

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Our rapidly warming planet has melted a chunk of sea ice the size of India, according to climate scientists. What’s more, the sea ice near Antarctica has started melting, too, after years of expanding despite global warming.

Climate skeptics once loved to argue that the growing Antarctic sea ice proved that climate change was a hoax, even as scientists freaked out over the unexpectedly bleak numbers. But now the ice is melting at both poles, and ice levels in both areas are at record lows.

By early December, the total area of polar sea ice was 1.48 million square miles below the average for 1981–2010, according to satellite measurements from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center. That’s about the size of India. Specifically, ice…

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