December 28 global sea ice area is second highest on record for the date.
There is a good chance that there will be more sea ice on Earth on January 1, than ever measured before on that date.
Climate experts and Obama administration officials say that sea ice is disappearing due to global warming. Many say that the Arctic has been ice-free for the last few years.
the Arctic will be ice-free in the summer of 2013
– John Kerry, US Secretary of State
James Hansen : ‘This is the last chance’
“We see a tipping point occurring right before our eyes,” Hansen told the AP before the luncheon. “The Arctic is the first tipping point and it’s occurring exactly the way we said it would.”
Hansen, echoing work by other scientists, said that in five to 10 years, the Arctic will be free of sea ice in the summer.
June 26, 2013
The alarming loss of sea ice which has grown worse each summer over the past several decades, has taken a sharp turn for the worse: this year the loss is right in the middle, the most resilient part of the ice cover. This could lead to a completely ice-free Arctic Ocean by September.