Not so fast, Slick.
Only six years ago, the BBC reported that the Arctic would be ice-free in summer by 2013, citing a scientist in the US who claimed this was a ‘conservative’ forecast. Perhaps it was their confidence that led more than 20 yachts to try to sail the Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific this summer. As of last week, all these vessels were stuck in the ice, some at the eastern end of the passage in Prince Regent Inlet, others further west at Cape Bathurst.I'm no mariner, but I imagine that if your boat is stuck in Arctic ice in September, then in November things will be really going to shit. Our planet, all out of proportion to the prognosticators, seems to be colder, at least in the Frozen North than it should be. To the tune of a million square miles of ice.