By the end of the annual summer melting season Sept. 17, Arctic ice covered 1.94 million square miles – about the same span last year, but far below the 2.4-million-square-mile average set between 1981 and 2010.
It has receded by about two-thirds since NASA began monitoring the Arctic ice by satellite in 1978.
Alan Neuhauser is an energy, environment and STEM reporter for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow him on Twitter or reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This genius thinks that a 20% reduction means the ice has receded by two thirds. He also forgot to mention this part.
Meanwhile, sea ice in the Antarctic has surpassed the previous record maximum extent set in 2013 and is now more than 20 million square kilometers (7.72 million square miles) for the first time in the past thirty-five years.
Alan appears to be propagandist, not a journalist.