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Antarctic sea ice levels hit record low, but experts are not sure why

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Sea ice levels in the Antarctic have experienced huge variability in the last few years. Photograph: Pauline Askin/Reuters

Unpredictable nature of Antarctic sea ice levels the focus at conference of meteorology experts in Australia this week

September 26, 2017 — Sea ice levels in Antarctica dropped to a record low this year, but experts say there is not a clear link to climate change. Continue reading Antarctic sea ice levels hit record low, but experts are not sure why

Piecing together the Arctic’s sea ice history back to 1850

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“The Bear” whaling ship getting free from the ice pack. Credit: New Bedford Whaling Museum

A guest article by Florence Fetterer, principal investigator at the National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) in the US

August 12, 2016 — Sea ice cover in the Arctic has undergone a widely reported decline in recent decades. The decrease has been greatest during summer, with sea ice extent reducing by around 12% per decade since the satellite record began in 1979.  Continue reading Piecing together the Arctic’s sea ice history back to 1850