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Arctic ice melting at record rates

Arctic ice is melting at a record pace as global temperatures continue to rise. Here are some facts about ice melting in the Arctic from NOAA:    Ice extent currently is neck and neck with the record low of 2012, with two months of melting yet to go. The average rate of ice loss during the month of June 2016 was 22,000 square miles. For the first six months, January-June 2016 Alaska was 9 degrees F above average. Alaska’s statewide warming rate of +5.3° F per century is faster than any other state in the Union. Historically, strong El Ninos…