Media Miss The Arctic Passage Story of The Year
Arctic ice meltdown greater than average again in 2009
The consistently severe retreats in recent years have prompted dire warnings from some scientists, who say ice-free Arctic summers may be just years away. That phenomenon, they say, would accelerate global warming and threaten the survival of polar bears, which feed primarily along ice edges.
The shrinking extent of Arctic ice is only part of the picture. U.S. scientists have released several studies this year pointing to a rapid thinning of ice cover even in areas where melting has been incomplete.
The Canadian Ice Service, an Environment Canada agency that monitors northern shipping conditions, confirmed the Northwest Passage has remained largely blocked by ice this summer.
The northern, deep-water route, which the service described as "rarely navigable," is "still choked with ice in Viscount Melville Sound" and impossible for normal ships to pass through, a spokesperson told Canwest News Service on Wednesday.
Despite all that ice having melted and whilst everyone looking at the North-East Passage it seems no one is reporting that the North West Passage didn't clear this year. But let's not let facts get in the way of a good story...