Special Report

27 Effects of Climate Change That Can't Be Stopped

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6. Sea ice vanishing

The total surface area of the globe covered by sea ice is at its lowest level on record.

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7. Greenland is melting

The Greenland Ice Sheet has been melting, and at an accelerating rate. On one day in July 2012, melt occurred across 98.6% of the ice sheet.

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8. Antarctica is melting

Antarctic sea ice minimum levels in March 2017 were the lowest on record.

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9. The Arctic is melting

Arctic sea ice has declined 34% between 1979 and 2018. Climate models project the Arctic Ocean could be free of ice in the summers by mid-century.

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10. Glaciers are vanishing

The vast majority of glaciers on earth are shrinking, many at alarming rates.

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