Most of us see news stories like this:
Ice extent in Barents Sea less than half of average
Also further to the East in the Arctic ice conditions are very unusual this year. The Kara Sea to the East of Novaya Zemlya was completely ice-free in February, as BarentsObserver reported.
A recent NASA-study shows that the oldest and thickest Arctic sea ice is disappearing at a faster rate than the younger and thinner ice at the edges of the Arctic Ocean’s floating ice cap. The shows that multi-year ice has diminished with each passing winter over the last three decades with a rate of -15.1 percent per decade.
The progressive shrinking of Arctic sea ice is bringing colder, snowier winters to the UK and other areas of Europe, North America and China, a study shows.
Arctic sea ice retreat raises new fishing challenge
But if you are a right-winger, you see news stories like this:
Daily Mail: Most polar ice ever recorded, which links to this story: Greenland And Alaska Have More Ice Than 1979 and has a pair of satellite images that make it look like there was no ice in 1979 and the entire northern hemisphere is covered with ice now.
P.S. If you carefully examine the two photos, you see that the socond really shows that there is much less ice in 2012 than in 1979. They changed the color used to show land mass to white so you get a clearer pic of ice coverage, because of the shrinkage of the ice caps.