A few people have emailed or twittered this article to me, in reference to Arctic Rising’s envisioned future coming true. Highlights:
The first ship from China – the Xuelong, or Snow Dragon – recently sailed from the Pacific to the Atlantic via the Arctic Ocean, cutting the distance by more than 40%.
“If the melt were to just suddenly stop today, we would be at the third lowest in the satellite record. We’ve still got another two weeks of melt to go, so I think we’re very likely to set a new record,” he said.
The previous record was set in 2007 when the Arctic ice cap shrunk to 4.25 million square kilometres (1.64 million square miles), stunning scientists who had not forecast such a drastic melt so soon.