9 Things You Think Are Environmentally Friendly — But Aren't



A large iceberg floats among sea ice floes off the coast of Greenland, as seen during an aerial survey on April 21, 2018. (Source: NASA/Linette Boisvert)Ordinarily, I wouldn’t be buoyed by news that an expanse of Arctic sea ice the size of Arizona and Nevada has gone missing.But given the state of the world right now, I am taking a tiny measure of solace in the latest analysis of Arctic sea ice conditions, released yesteray by the National Snow and Ice Data Center. It shows that the region’s floating lid of ice likely reached its annual maximum extent on March 5th, measuring ‘just’ eleventh lowest in the satellite record, which stretches back to 1979.This year’s maximum extent is 228,000 square miles below the 1981 to 2010 average, according to the NSIDC’s preliminary analysis. (In the interest of full disclosure, the NSIDC is based at the University of Colorado, where I work as Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism.) The geographic extent of sea ice in the Arctic…



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