December 16, 2013 | Corrinne

There's good news from the Arctic today. Sea ice levels are building up, after years of melt. The Cryosat satellite has just recorded 9000 cubic kilometres of ice - 50% more than last year.

Scientists watch both the extent of Arctic ice - the area it covers - and its thickness. This year, both the extent and the thickness have increased.

But I'm not celebrating yet. We used to have over 20,000 cubic kilometres of Arctic ice - more than twice as much as now. Will it ever fully recover?

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A one-year 'recovery' of sea ice does not mean that we can relax, scientists caution.

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Margaret Hopker

June 18, 2014 at 12:27

Its not a great idea that countries can buy their way out of reducing carbons to slow climate change. Every country should commit to genuine reduction. Every Government puts economic growth way above everything else.

allie mitchell

December 16, 2013 at 12:33

i think it is amazng and special!

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