On the one hand:
Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks to Record Low
Scientists Say Arctic Sea Ice Levels Are at a Record Low and Still Dropping
There was less sea ice in the Arctic on Friday than ever before on record, and the melting is continuing, the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported.
"Today is a historic day," said Mark Serreze, a senior research scientist at the center. "This is the least sea ice we've ever seen in the satellite record and we have another month left to go in the melt season this year." ...
The puzzling thing, he said, is that the melting is actually occurring faster than computer climate models have predicted.
Several years ago he would have predicted a complete melt of Arctic sea ice in summer would occur by the year 2070 to 2100, Serreze said. But at the rates now occurring, a complete melt could happen by 2030, he said Friday.
There will still be ice in winter, he said, but it could be gone in summer.
On the other hand, Kate McMillan has a cool photo of a temperature gauge with tall grass around it. Dontcha just hate it when you have to choose between two equally-compelling arguments?