There is no shocking news, really. I'm just emulating a way of news reporting as seen in recent months by folks trying to play down the long-term shocking news of Arctic sea ice loss. You know, paid climate science disinformers like Benny Peiser who claimed that the poles aren't melting, twisting the words and work of a respected oceanographer and putting up a bunch of strawmen along the way, because global sea ice area is at a record high.
It's a neat trick, even though it's like saying that one billion people starving globally is not a problem, because there are one billion obese persons. We all know that Antarctic sea ice has been increasing in winter, most likely because of winds that push the ice further out, with the open water left behind freezing up again. So if you compare Antarctic winter anomalies with those of Arctic summer anomalies - especially during rebound years such as 2013 and 2014 - it looks as if not much is happening.
However, if you compare the numbers as they are, during the same season, the picture is, well, shocking:
That graph (found here, updated at the end of this blog post) shows the minimum in both Arctic and Antarctic, which never occur at the same time, of course. In the end it's all about the minimum and the period leading to it, because that's the time when most of the sunlight reaches either one of the poles. And there is hardly a trend in the Antarctic minimum, despite the spectacular winter increases, because most of it melts out anyway in summer. As can be seen on the small image at the top of this blog post, showing that the only Antarctic place with a substantial amount of sea ice left right now, is the Weddell Sea.
And it's like that every year, contrary to the entirely different Arctic. Not everyone knows this, and so this is what climate science disinformers use to fool people and thus delay meaningful climate mitigation policies that threaten either their wallets or their beliefs, and most of the time both.