Are we in a global cooling trend?
Sep 11, 2013
Whenever certain people want to maintain their position about global warming, they always picture arctic ice at its low point during the summer months. But these cycles vary from year to year. It appears that we are now back to a cooling trend. That should make the polar bears happy, even if some politicians become angry at the prospect.
Arctic sea ice up 60 percent in 2013
Arctic sea ice averaged 2.35 million square miles in August 2013, as compared to the low point of 1.32 million square miles recorded on Sept. 16, 2012, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. A chart published Sept. 8 by NSIDC shows the dramatic rise this year, putting total ice cover within two standard deviations of the 30-year average.
Noting the year over year surge, one scientist even argued that "global cooling" was here.
"We are already in a cooling trend, which I think will continue for the next 15 years at least. There is no doubt the warming of the 1980s and 1990s has stopped,” Anastasios Tsonis of the University of Wisconsin told London’s Mail on Sunday.
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