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Arctic winds and not global warming ‘responsible for much of record loss of sea ice’

UK Daily Mail [1]
March 22, 2010

Strong winds and not global warming are to blame for much of the record-breaking loss of ice in the Arctic Ocean in recent years, new research reveals.

Ice blown out of the Arctic area by winds can explain the one-third drop of sea ice since 1979, scientists believe.

The study helps to explain the huge loss of ice in the region during the summers of 2007 and 2008, after which some commentators suggested the Arctic Ocean would be ice-free during the summertime within a decade.

The researchers at the Japan Agency For Marine-Earth Science And Technology do not question whether global warming is also melting the ice.

However, their study does raise doubts about claims that the melting of ice in the region has passed the ‘tipping point’ and will accelerate in coming years.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1259776/Arctic-winds-global-warming-responsible-record-loss-sea-ice.html#ixzz0ivJUFISP [2]