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Sunset through a shackle on board the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, amidst the Arctic Sea Ice, Fram Strait, between Greenland and Svalbard, September 2009. In August 2012, Arctic sea ice hit a record minimum - this will affect weather and the global climate, as the ice cap reflects much of the sun's solar energy back into to space. With sea ice melting away, the dark water below absorbs more solar energy, which in turn causes more melting.