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Arctic Ice Reaches Second Lowest Extent on Record

Some records are best not broken. Especially when it’s the record for least amount of Arctic ice remaining after a summer of melting. So it’s good that 2016 did not break that record. But when you look more carefully, you’ll find that’s hardly a relief. The Earth’s boreal ice cap melts every summer as our planet’s north pole tips toward the Sun in spring. The days get longer, the Sun gets higher, and the increased warmth melts the ice.
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