Be the most informed person in the room with Newsy's free e-newsletter

View our privacy policy: http://www.newsy.com/privacy/

Sea Ice Levels Have Hit Record Lows At Both Poles

Ice levels in the Arctic have declined fairly consistently, but the Antarctic hadn't seen the same decline until recently.
SMS

Sea ice at both poles is at record lows for this time of year.

That might not sound surprising, but it's actually a first. While ice levels in the Arctic have been fairly consistently declining year after year, the Antarctic hasn't seen the same decline.

In fact, the amount of Antarctic sea ice hit record highs each year between 2012 and 2014.

2015 broke that streak, but that year still saw the 16th highest level of sea ice ever recorded for the Antarctic.

SEE MORE: Arctic Sea Ice Is Melting, And It's Partly Your Fault

Climate change skeptics have pointed to that trend as evidence that climate change isn't real. 

Of course it's hard to compare the Arctic with the Antarctic — they're always in opposite seasons and have different geographies.

And it's too soon to tell if the sudden decline in sea ice around Antarctica is going to become the norm — we'll need a couple more years of data for that.

But sea ice decline is still bad news for humans; major winter storms and strong cold snaps are just a few of the consequences.

Featured Stories
Rep. John Lewis speaks at a podium

Democrats Are Boycotting The Inauguration Ceremony En Masse

A graphic of Donald Trump taking the inaugural oath

The Attendance, Cost And Other Big Numbers Behind Trump's Inauguration

The U.S. Supreme Court building

Lawsuit Over Detainee Mistreatment After 9/11 Reaches Supreme Court

Want to see more stories like this?
Like Newsy on Facebook for More Climate Change Coverage