Weeks ago, the extent of ice in the arctic had already reached record lows and was continuing to melt as we reported here. Now, the melting has stopped (as expected for this time of year). So, how bad was it? According to the NY Times, the low point was about 1.32 million square miles, or 24 percent of the Arctic Ocean (the previous low was 29%, set back in 2007). It used to be around 50% when satellite-based ice tracking began back in the 70’s.
The question is, what’s it going to take before people get serious about halting global warming?