GENEVA, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Sea ice levels this August reached an all-time low, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Tuesday.
Citing statistics from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the WMO said Arctic sea ice in August averaged 1.82 million square miles, which was 38.5 percent below the 1979 to 2000 average.
During the month, the Arctic lost an average of 35,400 square miles of ice per day, the fastest rate ever observed for the month of August.
Polar sea ice normally melts until mid-September. According to WMO, all of the six lowest sea ice levels have occurred in the past six years.