SOURCE: The Independent

DATE: December 6, 2016

SNIP: The amount of sea ice at both the Antarctica and the Arctic has hit record lows, leading scientists to worry that the effects of global warming might be far worse than previously thought.

The worrying findings come after an area roughly the size of India melted away because of rising global temperatures and bizarre weather.

Despite global warming and melting elsewhere, ice in the Southern Ocean off Antarctica has tended to expand.

But it is now quickly shrinking at both ends of the planet, leading scientists to worry that the effect of global warming might be worse than perviously thought.