Arctic sea ice – 2013

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Data from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) shows that the year began with ice covering a larger area than at the beginning of 2007. But now it is down to levels seen last June, at the beginning of a summer that broke records for sea ice loss. Scientists on the project say much of the ice is so thin as to melt easily, and the Arctic seas may be ice-free in summer within five to 10 years.

“I think we’re going to beat last year’s record melt, though I’d love to be wrong. If we do, then I don’t think 2013 is far off any more. If what we think is going to happen does happen, then it’ll be within a decade anyway,” said Julienne Stroeve from NSIDC in Boulder, Colorado.
BBC News, 18 Jun 2008