We feel like every few weeks we write another story about the Arctic sea ice reaching some new historic low.
But most researchers didn't expect it to keep getting worse.
It's literally almost fall and the ice is still receding.
In the video, the black represents what the ice levels usually are, and the white ice you can see represents what actually happened this summer.
New data says the ice crushed the record it just set of only 1.58M square miles. It's now down to the new record of 1.32M square miles of ice.
Check out the video (above) to see how much less that is than average.
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Since there are two species of seals that depend on sea ice to survive, the federal government has decided to place these two species on the endangered species list.
There have been major climate change going on, which in turn melts the sea ice.
Even though, Ringed seals, one of the species, have a large population, the entire population is dependent on sea ice, which is disappearing.
Since these seals have evolved on the ice, it is very unlikely that they will be able to survive on the shore. It is too much of a change for them to get used to so quickly.
It is not only seals that are being effected by the climate changing, so let's do what we can to help!!
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The Obama administration has decided to set aside 187,000 square miles in Alaska as a "critical habitat" for the polar bears.
It has been said that this designation would help lessen the threats to the polar bears.
While this plan has set aside a good amount of area for the polar bears and would definitely help to protect the species, Alaska Governor Sean Parnell and the state's oil and gas industry had complained that the preliminary plan was too large and underestimated the economic impact.
They are worried that this protective habitat will add restrictions to future offshore drilling for oil and gas.
The polar bears have been listed as "threatened," and are very likely to become endangered due to a dramatic loss of sea ice and climate change.
Setting aside this "critical habitat" would help the polar bears have more sea ice that is protected and can not be diminished.
What do U think about Obama's plan for the polar bears?
[Image via WENN.]
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NatGeo: Walruses Swarm Beaches as Ice Melts
Thousands of walruses have gathered on the coast because of extreme ice melting near a Barrier Island in Alaska.
The walruses use the sea ice as a resting platform between feedings in the ocean. However, according to the World Wildlife Foundation arctic sea ice is at its 3rd lowest level in US history.
A no fly zone has been put into effect in this area because the noise from the aircraft can startle the walruses. When walruses get spooked they often stampede, which is very dangerous, especially because calves and juveniles can get crushed to death by the larger walruses.
This is not good. We hope that this ice stops melting soon!
Let's get these walruses their habitat back!
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Due to the effects of global warming, tens of thousands of walruses have come ashore in Alaska.
The ice they usually rest on has melted. Walruses can be seen "for one mile or more. This is just packed shoulder-to-shoulder," sajd U.S. Geological Survey biologist Anthony Fischbach.
Although there may be enough food for all of them, scientists are concerned about the one-ton females stampeding each other and their smaller calves.
"When they no longer have a place to rest, they need to go some place and it's a long commute," said Fischbach. "This is directly related to the lack of sea ice.
The federal government is determining whether walruses should be put on the endangered species list.
[Image via AP Images.]
Tags: global warming, sea ice, walruses