Fri, 24 Aug 2012 15:55 CDT
Scientists say Arctic sea ice is likely to shrink to its smallest recorded size sometime next week. The ongoing thaw has opened new sea lanes to shipping, with a Chinese icebreaker recently becoming the first ship to cross the Arctic Ocean from China to Iceland. Matt Stock reports.
Comment: The massive influx of freshwater from arctic sea ice melt flooding into the North Atlantic will likely cause the gulf stream and North Atlantic drift to stall even further, which will contribute greatly to the possibility of an imminent ice age across the Northern Hemisphere.