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I'm confused. Now they're saying there was LESS ice in the arctic than there was with last year's minimum, but I was certain they had said before that there was quite a bit more.

Two years ago, Arctic sea ice shrank to cover the smallest area ever recorded — only 1.32 million square miles were measured on Sept. 16, 2012, more than a million square miles less than what would be considered "normal" at summer's end.

This year, Arctic sea ice most likely has not hit its low point yet, which usually happens near the end of September — before winter makes the sea ice start growing again. Even so, it doesn't look like there will be another record low, a fact that some websites have seized upon to claim that Arctic sea ice is recovering.

But not hitting a record low doesn't mean that the amount of sea ice is climbing again. We started measuring Arctic sea ice using satellites in 1979, and from one year to another, the amount of ice varies. Sometimes, it's higher than the year before, but the overall trend is still clear: The amount of Arctic sea ice is going down.


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The most important ice cap is the Antarctic, and it has grown by leaps and bounds. This is why they can only harp on the arctic which is still light years from an issue.

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