Scientists have released an animation which shows how much the polar ice caps have changed in the past year amid reports that ice levels are at an all-time low.
The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) cited a report that said the low level of floating sea ice in the Arctic was due to global warming and unusual weather events.
It also states that the low in sea ice in Antarctica was down to natural variability.
“Undoubtedly, this year brought warmer temperatures to these regions, however there were also noticeable weather events that had an effect on the shape of sea ice in the Arctic, and that can be easily identified in the animation.”
The area covered by floating sea ice is now the smallest recorded since satellite monitoring began in the 1970s, the New Scientist reported.
Meteorologist Eric Holthaus told the New Scientist that reconstructions of past levels of sea ice in the Arctic suggest it is at its lowest level for thousands of years.