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Arctic Ice is up... Drastically

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A chilly Arctic summer has left nearly a million more square miles of ocean covered with ice than at the same time last year – an increase of 60 percent. Granted, the ice is still well below the 1981-2000 climate year average. The rebound follows the record smashing year of 2012 where the Arctic ice had shrunk and thinned to levels not seen before. This year though, days before the annual autumn re-freeze is due to begin, an unbroken ice sheet more than half the size of Europe already stretches from the Canadian islands to Russia's northern shores.

Not to mention, the Antarctic sea ice is at record high levels yet again. In 2012 we saw the largest Antarctic sea ice extent ever. And now, a year later we eclipsed that number by a couple percent.

This will clearly have some scientists re-evaluating their findings on climate change relating to Arctic ice. Only six years ago, the BBC reported that the Arctic would be ice-free in summer by 2013, citing a scientist in the US who claimed this was a ‘conservative' forecast. Obviously this is not the case. What isn't at all surprising from this feat is now we just have more questions. Can lower sea ice still be expected? Was 2012 the new norm or was it a fluke? At this point, no one can answer with any certainty. So what's the classic saying? Only time will tell…

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