Due to global warming, ice levels in Antartica and the Artic are showing to be record lows. Usually, ice in the nothern tip has been shrinking, while ice in the Southern Ocean has been expanding, yet recently both have seen ice shrinking. The shrinking at both sides is found to be due to greenhouse gases, el nino, and increasing global temperatures. According to the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center, Artic temperatures in November averaged to be 36 degrees Farenheit (20C), proving this year to be the warmest temperatures recorded. The polar ice was recorded to December 4 to be approximately 1.48 million square miles (3.84 million square kilometers). This 2016 ice record was shown to be below average of the 1981-2010 average, with skrinking to be roughly the size of India. This article is important as it shows the ongoing issue of the Artic ice melting becoming more and more serious as time goes on. With temperatures being record highs and ice levels being record lows, now is the time to take as many preventiative efforts as possible to stop the ice melting of the Artic ice.