Arctic Sea Ice Retreat Pinned to Emissions

An environmental study released Thursday by Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center equate driving your car 2,500 miles to melting thirty-two sq. ft. of ice on the Arctic Ocean. The long term study allowed scientists to "grasp the contribution of personal carbon dioxide emissions to the loss of Arctic sea ice." In another comparison, each passenger flying from New York to Europe equates to emitting a tonne of carbon dioxide. The simplistic comparisons were made to put in human terms the speed of disappearing ice in the Arctic. In September 2016 the sea ice shrank 1.60 million square miles.