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Antarctic sea ice hits record high


Posted on Sunday, 14 October, 2012 | Comment icon 33 comments | News tip by: the L


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Despite fears over global warming the amount of sea ice at the South Pole is breaking new records.

Despite the fact that there is more ice at Antarctica now than has ever been recorded before by a satellite, climatologists are keen to emphasize that this does not disprove Global warming. The quantity of ice is believed to be the result of stronger winds being generated by warmer Antarctic temperatures, creating sea ice that extends over 7.51 million square miles around the continent.

In contrast to the south, sea ice at the Arctic saw a record low this year with a minimum of 1.39 million square miles, a reduction of 300,000 since 2007. Both regions are in opposite seasons and have different geology which can affect the creation and reduction of sea ice.

"The sea ice circling Antarctica reached record levels late last month, extending 7."

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Comment icon #24 Posted by Little Fish on 13 November, 2012, 1:41
They call it a "mystery" in the article that I linked, so I would imagine their models will be tweaked with this new information. They solved the mystery and it doesn't disprove the premise. I'm not sure how this is a problem. what would disprove the premise?
Comment icon #25 Posted by Br Cornelius on 13 November, 2012, 7:07
what would disprove the premise? If the energy balance at the top of the atmosphere went into reverse for over 30yrs. The energy balance at the top of the atmosphere is ultimately the only metric which matters since it proves that the earth planetary system is still accumulating heat energy, ultimately everything else is just details. Br Cornelius
Comment icon #26 Posted by Idano on 14 November, 2012, 14:07
I suppose I could start a new thread for this article I saw on Google News this morning, but this thread seems an appropriate place to post it. http://www.guardian....tarctic-sea-ice From the article : "The Arctic is losing sea ice five times faster than the Antarctic is gaining it, so, on average, the Earth is losing sea ice very quickly. There is no inconsistency between our results and global warming." Warm Margaritas? Ick
Comment icon #27 Posted by The New Richard Nixon on 22 November, 2012, 13:06
Isn't there something like this in Nepal? where the ice is growing?
Comment icon #28 Posted by Doug1o29 on 22 November, 2012, 15:01
"There is no inconsistency between our results and global warming" except the ipcc and their climate models were expecting a loss of sea ice in the antarctic. http://www.ipcc.ch/i...dex.php?idp=150 Except that your reference is to the 2001 IPCC report. Last I looked, this is 2012. Are you trying to say that we haven't learned anything about climate in the last eleven years? Well, I can think of one.... Doug
Comment icon #29 Posted by questionmark on 22 November, 2012, 15:06
Except that your reference is to the 2001 IPCC report. Last I looked, this is 2012. Are you trying to say that we haven't learned anything about climate in the last eleven years? Well, I can think of one.... Doug yep, I can too: the cult of the denialist is getting smaller but more fanatic and ill informed.
Comment icon #30 Posted by THE MATRIX on 27 November, 2012, 2:37
Due to Republicans Draconian immigration policies the North Pole Ice have resorted to self deportation and moved to the South Pole.
Comment icon #31 Posted by brizink on 1 December, 2012, 5:19
now I'm no expert but, when ice freezes it expands, so as the ice becomes unpacked it melts an re-freezes resulting in "more" ice.
Comment icon #32 Posted by The New Richard Nixon on 8 December, 2012, 16:19
now I'm no expert but, when ice freezes it expands, so as the ice becomes unpacked it melts an re-freezes resulting in "more" ice. But you have have the same, however it is going up up
Comment icon #33 Posted by Doug1o29 on 8 December, 2012, 17:18
Due to Republicans Draconian immigration policies the North Pole Ice have resorted to self deportation and moved to the South Pole. Love it. LOL. If you take any measure of climate - temperature, precip, ice surface area, tree rings, varves, sediment cores, stalactites, ice cores, whatever - and graph it, you get a wiggly line with lots of ups and downs. Not every upturn or downturn indicates anything about climate. Most don't indicate anything at all. Trying to say that some minor wiggle proves or disproves global warming only indicates the writer's lack of knowledge of the subject. Doug


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