"Exclusive: No ice at the North Pole Independent, UK By Steve Connor, Science Editor. It seems unthinkable, but for the first time in human history, ice is on course to disappear entirely from the North Pole ..."
I also checked for news contagion on the Web and I see that the story is proliferating. Even Mr. Bourque of Ottawa, Canada's favorite news blogger, immediately jumped on the bandwagon, ranking it his top story tonight. Bollocks!
Arctic Sea Ice Minimum - shown early September 2007 (NASA Graphic). NASA has been posting these Polar Minimum shots for years, and also offers sophisticated animations of the event as an online service.If you can spare ten minutes, the mystery of Ice Station Hysteria is solved for you in an excellent science article entitled THE TOP OF THE WORLD.
Open water at the North Pole is nothing new. Among contributing factors to consider, the sun shines 24 hours a day in the summertime. British and American submarines wash their bowplanes in the North Arctic puddle every summer.