Polar ice the size of India has vanished as the Arctic and Antarctic experience record heat
Polar sea ice off Antarctica and in the Arctic is at record lows for this time of year.
An amount of ice the size of India has been lost in a sign of rising global temperatures, climate scientists say.
This development is alarming scientists, and is potentially the result of a build-up of man-made greenhouse gases, some claim.
It may also be due to an ‘El Nino’ weather event that this year unlocked heat from the Pacific Ocean, or a freak natural swing in temperatures.
This is a graphic comparing current polar sea ice levels with record lows. Both of the Earth’s poles are currently showing lower levels of sea ice than ever seen before. This is a big worry for climate scientists, and potentially the result of a build-up of man-made greenhouse gases.