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Polar ice caps aren't melting

By Philip Hunter   January 2003

It is one of the most alarming and ubiquitous images of global warming and general environmental degradation: the television pictures of chunks of melting ice cap crashing into the sea. The truth is, however, that the ice cap has always had bits falling off; it is part of a natural process of ice erosion compensating for the accumulation of ice from snowfall over the Antarctic.

Moreover, while it is true to say that the expert consensus of the last decade is that the Arctic has been melting and thinning-providing early warning of global warming-it now seems that the evidence is…

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