Agence France-PresseDecember 16, 2013 13:51
Arctic sea ice last month was around 50 percent higher in volume compared with a year earlier, following a recovery in area this summer, the European Space Agency (ESA) said Monday.
This is some good news for the Arctic, but does not reverse a longer trend of decline, it said.
Data from ESA's high-tech ice-monitoring satellite CryoSat found that in October this year, there was about 9,000 cubic kilometres (2,100 cu. miles) of sea ice in the Arctic.
A year earlier, the volume was 6,000 cu. kms (1,400 cu. miles).