Good news from the Arctic Ocean! I’m just kidding, there is never good news from the Arctic Ocean unless you happen to own a shipping company. The Arctic sea ice is even lower than the direst of predictions.
In 1979, there were 16,855 cubic kilometers of sea ice during the sea ice minimum. In 2012, just 3,261 cubic kilometers. That’s down 80% in 33 years. Scientists are now predicting an ice free summer for the Arctic ocean in as a decade from now.
There is very little we can do at this point to save the Arctic ice. It’s as good as gone. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t do anything to prevent future warming, though. We might not be able to save the Arctic, but we can still save ourselves.