The Danish Meteorological Institute has been tracking Arctic ice extent since 2005. They use the more meaningful 30% concentration standard, and as of today show 2010 as the highest on record for the date.
Ice extent is now more than a million km² (17,000 Manhattans, 318 Rhode Islands, or 10 United Kingdoms) higher than 2007. New ice is forming at a rate faster than one Manhattan every two minutes.
Here is a meaningless apples vs oranges statistic – the type which alarmists love to use. In order to drive across Manhattan (13 miles) in two minutes, you would have to be traveling 390 miles per hour.
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This is solid evidence of several things.
- Temperatures in the Arctic are very cold. Holdren’s claims of ice free Arctic winters are the thoughts of a scientific incompetent.
- The late August reduction in ice extent due to wind, had little or no effect on water temperature or the Earth’s radiative energy balance.
- The 2007 “record minimum” was not a trend, and the ice is recovering.