by P. Homewood, April 9, 2020 in NotaLotofpeopleKnowThat
Most of us are probably familiar with the pattern of Arctic sea ice decline between 1979 and 2007, followed by a period of relative stability. Most of the decline took place after the mid 1990s.
The decline is nearly always explained away as the result of global warming, but a couple of old studies show this not to be the case.
In 2011, Robson & Sutton found that the sub polar gyre underwent remarkable and rapid warming in the mid 1990s, and that this was linked to changes in the North Atlantic Oscillation: