The Arctic sea ice coverage reached a record low these days. There is even less ice than in the previous record of 2007 and it has yet to decrease even more before the partial recovery of the winter season.
In 2008-2011 there was an unusually long and strong solar minimum, which is associated with lower global temperatures. However the temperatures of these years were just "normal". Now that the peculiar solar phase has ended, we should expect ever growing global temperatures for the next 9 or 10 years.
So it is not like this ice minimum won't repeat itself until at least 2016 or 2017; instead we must expect less ice every single year (unless a super-volcano or something of the kind alters solar input levels, reducing temperatures). The truce of these last few years can be misleading for those ignoring the solar sunspot cycle.
This loss of Ice does not just affect the Arctic Sea but is correlated with loss of ice in all other locations: Antarctica, Greenland, mountain glaciers all over the world, permafrost under the tundra...
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