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Arctic Temperatures Highest in at Least 44,000 Years - LiveScience

Arctic Temperatures Highest in at Least 44,000 Years
By Douglas Main, Staff Writer - LiveScience
October 24, 2013 11:13am ET


As ice caps like this one, nicknamed Sputnik, melt, they expose tiny plants that have been frozen there for millennia, giving clues to the past climate.
Credit: Gifford Miller


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Plenty of studies have shown that the Arctic is warming and that the ice caps are melting, but how does it compare to the past, and how serious is it?

New research shows that average summer temperatures in the Canadian Arctic over the last century are the highest in the last 44,000 years, and perhaps the highest in 120,000 years.

"The key piece here is just how unprecedented the warming of Arctic Canada is," Gifford Miller, a researcher at the University of Colorado, Boulder, said in a joint statement from the school and the publisher of the journal Geophysical Researcher Letters, in which the study by Miller and his colleagues was published online this week. "This study really says the warming we are seeing is outside any kind of known natural variability, and it has to be due to increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere."


The study is the first to show that current Arctic warmth exceeds peak heat there in the early Holocene, the name for the current geological period, which began about 11,700 years ago. During this "peak" Arctic warmth, solar radiation was about 9 percent greater than today, according to the study.

Miller and his colleagues gauged Arctic temperatures by looking at gas bubbles trapped in ice cores (cylinders drilled from the ice that show layers of snow laid down over time) taken from the region...

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More: http://www.livescience.com/40676-arctic-temperatures-record-high.html


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2013, 10:00 PM

1. uh-oh

That puts us back into the most recent pre-ice age, right? ...when it was WAY hotter and the bugs were the size of VW's

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Sun Oct 27, 2013, 10:02 PM

2. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, WillyT.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2013, 10:13 PM

3. It does seem that things are changing up here.

We had a late and long autumn this year and have no snow. I still have violas and dianthus blooming. I won't start worrying about the snow unless we don't have any by Thanksgiving. We broke several heat records this summer, several days in a row over 80 in Anchorage, which is unheard of.

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