Arctic sea ice at second lowest level in recorded history
The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), part of the University of Colorado at Boulder, has issued a joint press release with NASA indicating that the Arctic sea ice has reached its lowest levels for the year, 1.74 million square miles of ice.
The NSIDC began collecting "ice extent" data with the advent of satellites in 1979, and records the levels of sea ice throughout the year. This year saw the second lowest levels on record, with the Sep 16, 2007 reading being the lowest on record at 1.59 million square miles (just 0.15 million less), but is still 0.86 million square miles below the 1979-2000 average.
Read more at NSIDC.