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Reduction in Arctic sea ice disturbs balance of greenhouse gases

Ross Cronkrite | Science Recorder | February 19, 2013

Reduction in Arctic sea ice disturbs balance of greenhouse gases

Changes in the balance of greenhouse gases can have “major consequences.”

The widespread reduction in Arctic sea ice is altering the balance of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, according to researchers from Lund University in Sweden.

This is a problem that climatologists are likely to face sooner rather than later, as the National Snow & Ice Data Center reports that the average sea extent for January 2013 was 5.32 million square miles, which is 409,000 square miles below the 1979 to 2000 average for the month.

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