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Arctic ice melt nears record

Undated handout photo shows NASA scientists collecting data from thawing Arctic ice during the U.S. agency's ICESCAPE mission in July. (Kathryn Hansen / NASA)
Undated handout photo shows NASA scientists collecting data from thawing Arctic ice during the U.S. agency's ICESCAPE mission in July. (Kathryn Hansen / NASA)

CLIMATE CHANGE — Driven by an unprecedented meltdown across much of the Canadian North, the planet's Arctic ice cover has retreated this summer to its second-smallest extent in the 30-year satellite era — and may yet shrink beyond the record-setting thaw that alarmed scientists around the world in 2007. The story is being covered by PostMedia.

The opening in August of both the southern and northern routes of the Northwest Passage through Canada's Arctic islands, along with the clearing out of ice from much of the Beaufort Sea north of the Yukon-Alaska border, are among the highlights of a new report on the state of Arctic ice issued this week by the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center.




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