Steve Goddard found a pretty interesting article from the Saturday May 31st, 1947 edition of the West Australian published in Perth,
ARCTIC phenomenon: Warming Of Climate Causes Concern
It’s interesting to observe these things especially this summer when theNH sea ice anomaly stands at –2.2 million squared kilometers or so which means a significant deficit but the sea ice is so far well above thelate Summer 2007 minimum.
Incidentally, there’s been an excess of the ice in the Antarctica throughout this year although it’s smaller than the Arctic deficit. The disagreement between the two hemispheres indicates that these two cold regions haven’t agreed to join a global climate treaty yet. They just don’t respect any global climate change; climate change is always primarily local. See more charts and pictures at The Cryosphere Today.
Recall that I actually believe that it’s likely that there will be an ice-free Arctic summer before 2100 and I don’t think that there’s any problem with it.
It’s interesting to put the worries about the Arctic temperature change in some perspective. Let me first repost the full 1948 newspaper article: