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Cooling in the Antarctic


The Antarctic Peninsula has been warming for many decades, but an analysis now reveals that it has cooled since the late 1990s. Inspection of the factors involved suggests that this is consistent with natural variability. See Letter p.411

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Figure 1: Glacier ice at James Ross Island, Antarctic Peninsula.

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