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Fastest ice retreat ever in the Arctic

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Deniers have been claiming that Arctic ice is coming back. No, it’s not. Treehugger (and more information, along with charts, at the link):

… While we may have narrowly avoided setting a new record high in Arctic ice loss this year, it look as though we may have still hit a dubious milestone: achieving the fastest rate of melting during a four-week period in August than at any time in recent history. Between August 1 and August 31, sea ice declined at a rate of 32,700 square miles per day compared to a rate of roughly 24,400 square miles per day last year. The historical average for that period is 19,700 square miles per day.

As Matthew noted in a recent post, we barely missed passing the record set last year. According to the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), sea ice covered around 4.5 million square kilometers at its lowest point on September 12; by comparison, sea ice covered 4.1 million square kilometers the same time last year. …

Written by Leisureguy

28 September 2008 at 11:40 am

Posted in Global warming, Science

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