An area of the Arctic the size of Florida has melted away in just the last six days as the polar cap continues to melt at a record rate. And not surprisingly, polar bears are starting to disappear as well. There are a lot of mysterious events going on in the far North right now.

On the ABC News website, Clayton Sandell reports that “2007 has already broken the record for the lowest amount of sea ice ever recorded?smashing the old record set in 2005.” In just the last six days, researchers say that almost 70,000 square miles of Arctic ice has disappeared, which is a piece the size of the state of Florida.

Sandell quotes polar ice expert Mark Serreze as saying, “If you had asked me a few years ago about how fast the Arctic would be ice free in summer, I would have said somewhere between about 2070 and the turn of the century. My view has changed. I think that an ice-free Arctic as early as 2030 is not unreasonable.”

BBC News reports that two-thirds of the world’s polar bears will be gone by the middle of the century, and says, ?the US Geological Survey (USGS) says that parts of the Arctic are losing summer ice so fast that no bears will be able to live there within several decades.”

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