| August 29, 2008 at 09:24 am
In the summer of 2013 the Arctic could be completely free of ice. In winter the ice will reform, as it does now, but with shorter milder winters the Arctic and the world is in big trouble. In 1980 the Arctic had 7.8 million square kilometers (three million square miles) of ice. In 2007 that figure was down to 4.13 square kilometres (1.59 million square miles). The majority of the remaining ice is only about a third as thick as it was thirty years ago. 2007's ice cover is the lowest since records began and this year is set to break that record. All that water has to in somewhere; unfortunately it seems to be coming here (UK). With record rainfall in the whole of the UK, severe flooding in parts of Scotland and the whole of the north of Ireland. The Indian monsoon in 2007 was the worst on record with this year set to exceed last year - in corolation with the Arctic's melting ice.