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Arctic Sea Ice Hockey Stick: Melt Unprecedented in Last 1,450 years

Arctic Sea Ice Hockey Stick: Melt Unprecedented in Last 1,450 years

Arctic Sea Ice Hockey Stick: Melt Unprecedented in Last 1,450 years Posted on 24 November 2011 by Rob Painting Many climate change "skeptics" obsess over the 'hockey stick ', and their discussion inevitably leads back to 1998, when climate scientist Michael Mann first published his paper indicating that current global warming was anomalous in the last 1000 years or so. In plain language, Mann's work suggested that current warming was likely due to mankind's carbon dioxide pollution, not any as-yet-unidentified, or yet-to-be-discovered or observed natural phenomenon. Despite the "skeptics" cherry-picked focus on a peer-reviewed paper more than a decade old, the science has moved on considerably since then. Paper after paper has basically affirmed that current warming is outside the bounds of natural variation, and therefore likely due to human activities. For example we hav...

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