New York, - There is currently less sea ice surrounding the Antarctic continent than at any point since reliable records began in 1979.
"As of Tuesday, it looks like we hit a new record low in the satellite era," Mark Serreze, the director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center told CNN.
It wasn't too long ago -- less than 3 years to be exact -- that Antarctica was in a multiyear stretch of record highs for sea ice.
This fact was frequently trumpeted by climate change skeptics as evidence against global warming.
Using the Antarctic sea ice maximum as "evidence" to counter the realities of climate change might always have been considered "thin," but that argument has now melted away.
The rapid decline, from record high extents of sea ice, to current record lows has been startling.
"It has certainly caught our attention," says Serreze.
According to Eric Rignot, a senior research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, "the changes in sea ice in the Antarctic are amazing." Along with the Antarctic, we are simultaneously seeing record low sea ice in the Arctic, which Rignot characterized as "mind-boggling."
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