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Antarctic Sea Ice Shrinks to Smallest Surface Area on Record

  • Ice sheet diminishes to less than 2 million square kilometers
  • The data show more evidence of ‘climate breakdown’: Greenpeace
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The Antarctic ice sheet has shrunk to the smallest surface area on record in another sign that the accelerating pace of climate change is hitting some of the coldest regions the hardest.

The ice surrounding the continent has retreated to 1.97 million square kilometers (760,620 square miles), preliminary satellite data from the National Sea Ice Data Center in Colorado showed on Monday. That’s below the previous record of 2.1 million square kilometers set in 2017.