... as Barber and his colleagues explain in a recent paper in Geophysical Review Letters, the analysis of what the satellites were seeing was wrong. Some of what satellites identified as thick, melt-resistant multiyear ice turned out to be, in Barber's words, "full of holes, like Swiss cheese. We haven't seen this sort of thing before."
Scant ice over the Arctic Sea this winter could mean a "double whammy" of powerful ice-melt next summer, a top U.S. climate scientist said on Thursday.
Unusually cold weather, caused by the same patterns that have given Britain its coldest winter for decades, has resulted in levels of ice cover in line with longer-term averages for the first time since 2001.
IF you thought it was cold in Britain for the time of year, you should see what is happening around the North Pole. Scientists have discovered that the size of the Arctic ice cap has increased sharply to levels not seen since 2001.
Figures from the National Snow and Ice Data Centre indicate six or seven- year low over past three decades
The size of the Arctic ice cap has increased sharply, to comfortably reverse the “great melt” of 2007, and extending coverage over a vast area of the Arctic Sea, to levels not seen since 2001.
Scientists emphasise the fluctuations of ice in the Arctic are natural variations in weather which have little relevance for long-term climate change.
The Earth has two poles, and for reasons which are not well understood, when one pole warms, the other pole cools.
With Arctic sea ice back to normal, the oft–mentioned threat to polar bears seems unlikely to eventuate.
"Every school boy learns that at the two ends of the earth the year is composed of one day and one night of equal length, and the intervening periods of twilight; but the mere recital of that fact makes no real impression on his consciousness. "