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This past summer, the Arctic experienced the most rapid rate of sea-ice retreat ever recorded. On 16 September 2012, sea ice extent bottomed out at a new record minimum. The ice remaining in the Arctic at that date, about 3.4 million square kilometres, was roughly half of the ice cover during the 1990s when I was a graduate student starting research on Arctic climate. Rapid and alarming Arctic change is now a reality — and it came with a warning from climate modelling. [More...]
Citation: Holland, M. 2013, The great sea-ice dwindle. Nature Geosicence, 6, 10-11, doi:10.1038/ngeo1681.