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Study: 90 miles in your car melts a foot of Arctic sea ice

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Driving a gas-powered car about 90 miles - the distance between New York and Philadelphia - melts about a square foot of Arctic sea ice in the critical month of September, according to a new study that directly links carbon pollution to the amount of ice that's thawing.

At current carbon emission levels, the Arctic will likely be free of sea ice in September around mid-century, which could make weather even more extreme and strand some polar animals, a study published Thursday in the journal Science finds.