The Bering Sea's ice is falling off a cliff

posted by Patrick Tanguay   May 02, 2018

Bering Sea satellite view

After a much warmer than usual winter, the ice in the Bering Sea, between Alaska and Russia, is at less than 10% of what is considered normal.

The ice disappears every summer but never so early. It's the latest sign of what scientists have been calling the New Arctic — a novel landscape that's replacing the ecosystem that has existed at the top of the world for millennia. Arctic temperatures are rising at a rate twice that of the global average, which means that for the foreseeable future, the region will continue to showcase the effects of climate change at their extreme, with repercussions across the world.

I mean, just look at that chart!

Historical Bering Sea ice level