Hey look - new cruise routes are opening up!
The Arctic ice cap has collapsed at an unprecedented rate this summer and levels of sea ice in the region now stand at record lows, scientists have announced.Nice going, man. But not to worry! Noted climate scientist Ted Stevens says that global warming is in its last throes and we're just about to turn the corner onto a cooling period. Oh wait, Stevens is just a Republican Senator from Alaska. But still... Woohoo!
Experts say they are "stunned" by the loss of ice, with an area almost twice as big as the UK disappearing in the last week alone.
So much ice has melted this summer that the Northwest passage across the top of Canada is fully navigable, and observers say the Northeast passage along Russia's Arctic coast could open later this month.
Changes in wind and ocean circulation patterns can help reduce sea ice extent, but [Arctic specialist] Dr [Mark] Serreze said the main culprit was man-made global warming.