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Man, this sea ice situation has really looked better.

Abnormally warm temperatures have led to the loss of a mass of sea ice nearly the size of India, Reuters reports.

As of Dec. 4, global polar sea ice measured roughly 1.48 million square miles below the historical average from 1981 to 2010. This comes at a time when winter temperatures in the parts of the Arctic have been up to 36 degrees Fahrenheit above normal.

How bad does that look? Well — more than a little.

The mass melting isn’t limited to the North Pole: Measurements of sea ice in Antartica — which has also been waning — hit record seasonal lows this month.

Even climate scientists are getting freaked out. When the director of the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center says, “There are some really crazy things going on,” one might start to believe that there are some really crazy things going on.