A team of scientists on Monday announced that the amount of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean had fallen to record lows, the latest evidence of the toll global warming is taking on the planet. The findings — compiled by the National Snow and Ice Data Center in conjunction with NASA — show that ice covered 1.58 million square miles, or less than 30 percent, of the Arctic Ocean, slightly under the previous record low set in 2007. Furthermore, the team says the summer melting season still has a few weeks to go, meaning the amount of ice is likely to fall further. The ice in the Arctic is melting faster than scientists had predicted, leading to the possibility that the ocean could be completely free of ice during the summer by the end of the decade.
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