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Posted on the 11 September 2013 by Markwadsworth @Mark_Wadsworth
From the WSJ: The area of Arctic sea ice was nearly 30% greater in August [2013] than a year ago, according to recent satellite data, though projections based on longer-term trends suggest the sea ice will continue its decline over time.  Arctic sea ice covered 2.35 million square miles in August, up from 1.82 million square miles a year earlier, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, or NSIDC, in Boulder, Colo. The level recorded last year was a record low.  "Sorted," says the Climate Change Denier. "Oh not it's not," chorus the Climate Change Believers: From the BBC:  The volume of sea ice in the Arctic hit a new low this past winter, according to observations from the European Space Agency's (Esa) Cryosat mission.   During March/April - the time of year when marine floes are at their thickest - the radar spacecraft recorded just under 15,000 cu km of ice. In its three years of full operations, Cryosat has witnessed a continuing shrinkage of winter ice volume...  While there has been a great deal of attention focused of late on the falling extent (area) of sea ice in the Arctic, especially during summer months, researchers emphasize that it is volume that provides the most reliable assessment of the changes now underway in the northern polar region.

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