Researchers at the Polar Science Center recently released their monthly PIOMAS model of the sea ice volume average in the Arctic for the month of June—and it revealed a grim decline.
Many Scandinavians are hoping that disappearing Arctic ice will lead to an economic boom—but the Sámi people are worried that multinational infrastructure projects will eliminate their livelihood.
Recent storms have destroyed the progress made in ice formation endangering coastal habitats and fishing practices.
This year's thinner, slushier ice is more vulnerable than the past's thick, multi-year ice, and it melts out rapidly during a spike in temperature or intense cyclonic activity.
Arctic sea ice is more unstable than ever, and the ice may be melting toward a record in 2017, or not; one place to find out for sure is on the Arctic Sea Ice Blog and Forum.