The Antarctic is a continent of a size comparable to Europe. It has a highly variable weather system like all continents dependent on a large range of ocean influences.
Some areas of the antarctic have experienced decadal growth rates of 5-6%, whilst other areas have experienced decadal declines of 4-5%. Looking at the overall 1% per decade increase conceals this complexity.
Meanwhile the overall ice mass of the continent is in decline.
This all goes to show that climate change is not all about one sided increases or decreases - its about local prevailing conditions based on complex packages of different factors.
Meanwhile in the arctic the rate of sea ice decline is running at 10x the rate of increase in the antarctic.
Edited by Br Cornelius, 08 September 2012 - 12:07 PM.