Watch out,the Arctic is melting

Anchorage, Aug 27 | Updated: Aug 28 2008, 05:31am hrs
Arctic Ocean sea ice has melted to the second lowest minimum since satellite observations began, according to scientists at the US National Snow and Ice Data enter.

Sea ice melt recorded on Monday exceeded the low recorded in 2005, which had held second place. With several weeks left in the melt season, ice in summer 2008 has a chance to diminish below the record low set last year, according to scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Environmental groups said the ice melt was another alarm bell warning of global warming. Its an unfortunate sign that climate change is coming rapidly to the Arctic and that we really need to address the issue of global warming on a national level, said Christopher Krenz, Arctic project manager for Oceana.

This is not surprising but it is alarming, said Deborah Williams, a former interior department special assistant for Alaska. This was a relatively cool summer, and to have ice decrease to the second lowest minimum on record demonstrates that global warmings ongoing impact is profound. The National Snow and Ice Data Center, reported the ice on Monday melted below the 2005 minimum of 5.3 m square kilometers set on September 21 that year.

AP