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Arctic sea ice dips to record low: NASA

Friday, March 25, 2016 - 01:12

A NASA scientist warns that ''what happens in the Arctic doesn't stay in the Arctic'' as the region's sea ice dips to a record low after an unusually warm winter. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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What happens in the Arctic DOESN'T stay in the Arctic, according to NASA scientists. Dr. Walt Meier says it's been an extremely warm winter all around, but that warmth has been turbo-charged in the Arctic... with rippling effects. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DR. WALT MEIER, NASA SCIENTIST, SAYING: "The Arctic has been kind-of like an air conditioner, a cool region that helps keep the planet cooler, and we're losing the efficiency on that." In the coming days, NASA will launch two missions to explore the Arctic amid new data showing record low sea ice after an unusually warm winter. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DR. WALT MEIER, NASA SCIENTIST, SAYING: "We've seen temperatures 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit above normal. And then we've seen the Arctic sea ice that grows in the cold winter, dark winter period in the Arctic. It's been growing more slowly, because it's so much warmer than normal there, and it's covering less of an area...." The two new NASA missions are called Operation Ice Bridge and OMG (Oceans Melting Greenland). They say scientists will monitor the health of the Arctic from space and on the ground... ... taking measurements of sea ice and glacier thickness -- looking to ensure some things in the Arctic, STAY in the Arctic.

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Arctic sea ice dips to record low: NASA

Friday, March 25, 2016 - 01:12