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Antarctic ice hits record low for January

February 09, 2023

PARIS: The Antarctic Ocean area covered by ice was the lowest on record for January, exposing Earth to even more planet-warming heat, scientists reported on Wednesday.

Last month was also the third warmest January on record in Europe, with temperatures on New Year´s Day reaching all-time highs on some parts of the continent, according to European Union´s Copernicus climate monitor (C3S).

But it is problematic because it helps accelerate global warming. When white sea ice -- which bounces up to 90 percent of the Sun´s energy back into space -- is replaced by dark, unfrozen sea, the water absorbs a similar percentage of the Sun´s heat instead.