Arctic Sea Ice Drops below 2007 Record

By Ben • nature, science • 28 Aug 2012

"By early July, Arctic sea ice melting was three weeks ahead of schedule, but then slowed somewhat. Ice loss rates picked up again in early August, 'probably the highest in the record for that period,' according to NSIDC staff scientist Walt Meier. Because the old record has been passed in August 2012—and Arctic sea ice generally reaches its lowest annual extent in September—it is likely that the amount of ice cover may continue to shrink.

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The new record low for sea ice in 2012 fits into a larger pattern of a changing Arctic. Regarding the rapid loss of Arctic sea ice, Serreze remarks, 'What is perhaps most surprising is that we are no longer surprised.'”

Yup. Nothing to worry about here.

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