Data from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) shows that the year began with ice covering a larger area than at the beginning of 2007.
But now it is down to levels seen last June, at the beginning of a summer that broke records for sea ice loss.
Scientists on the project say much of the ice is so thin as to melt easily, and the Arctic seas may be ice-free in summer within five to 10 years.[...]
"I think we're going to beat last year's record melt, though I'd love to be wrong," said Dr Stroeve.
Well as the BBC reports today, in an article that mostly talks about a large chunk of ice breaking off, it looks like Dr Strove is going to be wrong.
The polar north is once again experiencing a rapid ice retreat this year, although many scientists doubt the record minimum extent of 4.3m sq km of sea-ice seen in 2007 will be beaten.Odd that. Six weeks ago there was bleating that we were in danger of record ice loss, now we note that hmm it probably won't be. Something that was predicted at the time, more or less, by Steve McIntyre. Curiously the "See also" links to side of this second article don't include the first one, and while the first had the NSIDC graphic showing the decline it doesn't make it easy to click and see the the current one.