More Arctic sea ice survived the summer months in 2013 than it did in 2012. Arctic temperatures did not soar quite as high, and the ice sheets did not retreat as much.
To the naked eye, it might seem climate change is slowing. But taking climate science in one-year chunks is not effective, because there is always year-to-year variability.
More important, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials, is looking at overall trends.