Two excursion below the historic 2012-2013 season which saw the lowest sea-ice on record. 95% of older ice has been eliminated from the Arctic region, leaving remain sea-ice vulnerable. In 2019-2020, we may see the first sea-ice free Arctic.
“Certainly America has got to up its game in the Arctic. There’s no doubt about that,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said during a visit to Alaska in June. “The reality is that we’re going to have to deal with the developing Arctic, and it is developing.”