Arctic sea ice extent maintained a steady, near-average pace of retreat through the first half of August, making it highly unlikely that a new record low minimum will be reached this year. Nevertheless, there are extensive areas of low concentration ice, even in regions close to the North Pole,
There has been a huge increase in ice this year, but our funders will be angry if we don’t say something negative. We decided that a double negative was the right thing say, because it doesn’t sound like a positive.
We had to get this unusually timed press report out quickly, because much of that low concentration ice will be 100% concentration in a few days – and then we wouldn’t have anything negative to say.