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A sobering take on Arctic sea ice (VIDEO)

The Arctic sea ice extent - as it reached its minimum September 18 - shattered the 2007 record low minimum, covering just half the area it did on average from 1979-2000. The Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media produced an excellent video on the implications, worth a view...

Jennifer Francis, who blogged on sea ice and weather connections last week, says in the video:

The amount of sea ice that was lost this year compared to any year we can look at going back even a couple thousand years, there’s really nothing like what we’ve seen happen this year. This loss of sea ice this summer is just such a stunning example of how the climate system is changing right before our very eyes. I mean, this is something anybody can see. You don’t have to be a scientist.

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.


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