Climate Change

Record low Arctic sea ice a concern for all Canadians

Sea ice cover is recorded throughout the year, generally reaching a maximum each winter, and a minimum at the end of every summer. National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) puts this year’s maximum extent at an average 14.41 million square kilometres, 1.6 per cent lower than the previous 2011 record, over 6 per cent lower than 1981-2010 long-term average.