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Date published: 2007/09/22

The BBC says:

Arctic sea ice shrank to the smallest area on record this year, US scientists have confirmed.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) said the minimum extent of 4.13 million sq km (1.59 million sq miles) was reached on 16 September.

The figure shatters all previous satellite surveys, including the previous record low of 5.32 million sq km measured in 2005.

Earlier this month, it was reported that the Northwest Passage was open.
In December 2006, a study by US researchers forecast that the Arctic could be ice-free in summers by 2040.

The Arctic ice certainly seems to be disappearing faster than predicted, and 2040 looks rather optimistic.

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