North Pole could be ice-free by 2013
The year 2008 looks like it may be a second record-breaker coming after a record-breaking season just last year.
"This startling loss of Arctic sea ice has major meteorological, environmental and ecological implications. The region acts like a giant refrigerator that has a strong effect on the northern hemisphere's meteorology. Without its cooling influence, weather patterns will be badly disrupted, including storms set to sweep over Britain."
The loss of the Arctic sea ice could also disrupt the Gulf Stream possibly changing weather patterns, a theme examined in a sensational manner in the movie "The Day after Tomorrow."