Melting ice caps facts


Tons of melted ice

Globally this year

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The ice caps are melting! in...
2012 the Arctic ice cap shrunk to it’s lowest level ever. See the ice melt in real time above.

Top 3 facts about melted ice


The ice is melting...

Between 2003 and 2008, up to 2 trillion tons of ice in Greenland, Antarctica and Alaska have melted.


…and it’s melting fast

That’s 12,500 tons of water running into our oceans every single second - or 5 olympic swimming pools. And the ice is melting at an accelerating rate…


It could go completely wrong

…and this acceleration could spin out of control. For example, if the average global temperature increases more than 3 degrees Celsius the Greenland Ice Sheet could become unstable. This would have devastating effects.

Melted ice

This is a rough approximation. According to NASA, an estimated 2 trillion tons of ice melted from 2003-8 (5 years). That is an average of 400,000,000,000 tons a year.

The ice is melting...

…and it’s melting fast

It could go completely wrong

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