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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 04:23 PM
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Sea Ice Loss ‘Unprecedented’ in 1,450 Years

(Bloomberg) The loss of sea ice in the Arctic at the end of the 20th Century is “unprecedented” in the past 1,450 years in its duration and magnitude, an indication of human-influenced climate change, a study said.

So-called greenhouse gases may be contributing to the warming, and trends from the last several decades suggest there may soon be an ice-free Arctic in the summer, according to a study published today in the journal Nature.

The ice, which melts every summer before cold weather makes it expand again, shrank this year to its second-smallest size since 1979, covering 4.33 million square kilometers (1.67 million square miles), according to the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center. Although previous sea ice declines have occurred at a similar pace, they don’t match the extent of the melt, the study authors said.

“This drastic and continuous decrease we’ve been seeing from the satellites does seem to be anomalous,” Christophe Kinnard, a study author and a geographer at the Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Zonas Aridas in La Serena, Chile, said in a telephone interview. “It does point to a continuation of this trend in the future.” ...........(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-23/loss-of-sea-ice-is-unprecedented-in-1-450-years-study-says.html



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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 04:49 PM
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1. so what happened "1,450 years" ago? nt
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Viking12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 04:59 PM
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4. The proxy data only extends that far back.
All data before the 16th century comes with uncertainties and beyond 1500 years ago is too uncertain to make any reasonable comparison.
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 04:50 PM
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2. almost at the point of no return
I understand
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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 04:54 PM
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3. but...but...but.. ClimateGate 1 & 2!!!!!11111
:D
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:00 PM
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5. ...
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:17 PM
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6. kick (nt)
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