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Posted at 7:00 PM ET, 05/ 9/2008

Warming North Pole, More Complex South

By Andrew Freedman

A team of 30 scientists reports on the contrasting climate shifts that are taking place in the Arctic and Antarctic. While the Arctic is clearly warming, one manmade environmental crisis -- ozone destruction -- is having more sway in Antarctica. But what happens when the ozone hole heals?

By Andrew Freedman  | May 9, 2008; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  Climate Change  
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Forget the Ozone layer. I'm more concerned in the sudden drop in Washington's Sno-Zone layer over the winter.

(That was horrible. I'm sorry.)

Posted by: mcleaNed | May 9, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Southern Hemisphere sea ice has INCREASED to unprecedented levels.

Greatest amount of sea ice area since records began in 1979!

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Four of the past 5 months are "all-time" records for Southern Hemisphere sea ice anomalies, "unprecedented" since the data set began in 1979 as shown below:


On a global basis, world sea ice in April 2008 reached levels that were "unprecedented" for the month of April in over 25 years. Levels are the third highest (for April) since the commencement of records in 1979, exceeded only by levels in 1979 and 1982. This continues a pattern established earlier in 2008, as global sea ice in March 2008 was also the third highest March on record, while January 2008 sea ice was the second highest January on record. It was also the second highest single month in the past 20 years (second only to Sept 1996).

The graph below shows the monthly anomaly (aggregating NH and SH), collating information from
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source of the above quote -

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr. Q. | May 10, 2008 3:14 AM | Report abuse

That "study" uses last year's data. At present the Arctic is cooling. Follow the link I posted above.

Isn't it weird that they publish a "study" using old data, when the temperature was increasing, and completely ignore current data, which shows the temperature is decreasing. What are the odds of that?

As we all know, when the temperature is decreasing it is natural temperature variation. But when the temperature is increasing, it is man made.

It can't possibly be natural and we simply lack the data and knowledge to understand it, can it? Nah. We know EVERYTHING. We are all knowing. We have a thorough and complete understanding of this planet's climate system. ;)

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr. Q. | May 10, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Freedman, you wrote, "While the Arctic is clearly warming, ..."

"Is" is a present tense verb. I don't believe that the Arctic is presently warming. Do you have a link that supports your claim? A link that shows the temperature trend of the Arctic over the last six months.

I think it would be more accurate to say "While the Arctic was clearly warming, ...". Wouldn't you agree?

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr. Q. | May 12, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

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