Is Arctic ice “recovering”? Actually, no

There’s a lot of recent press about a ‘recovery’ of Arctic ice. But it’s only recovering if you limit the comparison to the past two years. On any meaningful scale from twenty years to several thousand, it’s a disaster.

The current reduction in Arctic ice cover started in the late 19th century, consistent with the rapidly warming climate, and became very pronounced over the last three decades. This ice loss appears to be unmatched over at least the last few thousand years and unexplainable by any of the known natural variabilities.

The scientific data and literature indicate that this year’s minimum Arctic sea ice extent is not just the 6th-lowest in the past 34 years, but most likely the 6th-lowest in at least the past few thousand years. The current Arctic sea ice decline is remarkably rapid, and often referred to as a “death spiral.”

The full article is here. It’s worth going to just for the eye-opening graph at the end.

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