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Arctic sea ice melting at record rate

The summer sea ice in the Arctic is melting at a rate never before seen by experts, setting a record low the last two days that's likely to continue through September, top sea ice experts said in two new reports that suggest mankind's emissions of greenhouse gases are at least partly responsible.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center on Friday said conditions on Thursday and Friday were already below the 2005 record and would likely stay that way through the end of summer.

“Today is a historic day,” said Mark Serreze, a senior research scientist with the center, which is located at the University of Colorado-Boulder. “This is the least sea ice we’ve ever seen in the satellite record and we have another month left to go in the melt season this year.”

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