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GregLaden writes "According to data just now available, the total surface area of the Arctic Sea that is not covered in ice has reached the lowest point ever recorded. Every summer the sea ice in the Arctic melts to some degree, reaching a minimum around the middle of September. Over the last several years, the amount of ice at this minimal point has been lower than previously recorded. (Accurate records go back a few decades, so this the most recent period of Global Warming). Today, I got an email from my colleague John Abraham (the John Abraham from this podcast) noting that this morning’s data indicated that the ice had reached this minimum extent. We can now say with some confidence that we will in have the smallest extent of ice so far. I’ve recently discussed the overall pattern of melting in the Arctic, and just yesterday posted a piece on global warming and sea level rise in the Daily Kos Blogathon, and of course, melting ice (but mainly continental glacial ice) is key to that. Also, I hear last night that Al Gore and some of his colleagues will be posting at that Blogathon this morning, so go check that out."
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Arctic Sea Ice Reaches Historic Minimum Today

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  • Looks like three weeks of extra summer weather! Drill baby drill, who needs Florida anyway?
  • the total surface area of the Arctic Sea that is not covered in ice

    Mmm hmm...

    has reached the lowest point ever recorded

    So you're saying that the total surface area of the Arctic Sea that is covered in ice has reached the highest point ever recorded? Great news, everybody!

  • "We can now say with some confidence that we will in [sic] have the smallest extent of ice so far. "

    ... where "so far" seems to mean "in the last few decades."

    lllll Alaska Jack

  • To associate this with Global Warming, the records would need to cover at least two ice ages, so you have low and high points from them to compare, if not more so the variation in highs and lows can be seen. It's like only having data for the downward slope part of a sine curve and concluding "hey, this curve keeps going down!" or "this is the lowest the sine curve has been yet!!".

    I agree that humans have had an impact, but it is hard to tell what is from the natural cycle between ice ages and what is man m

  • Besides being GW flame-bait, no news site is more honest and accurate than the Daily KOS. Sources besides blogs, please.

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