Originally Posted by targetacqmgt
Then I don't "get it" Why are the ice caps and Ice sheet near BOTH poles shrinking and NOT replacing the ice that melted?? The 16 yr calc might be related to the earth's orbit being nearer to the sun at that time then receeding- it of course is elliptical not circular.
They're not. The Antarctic is gaining ice, and the Arctic loss this past year is due to ocean currents and storms, and it is rapidly recovering. See this: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/10/1...-fastest-ever/