In light of the record ice-melting observed in the Arctic over the last two summers, IICWG issued a press release.
It states that for the first time in recorded history, the North West Passage north of Canada and the Northern Sea Route off the Siberian coast were simultaneously open for a brief period in September this year. It also states that drifting icebergs off the coast of Newfoundland reached lower latitudes than normal, posing an increased threat to marine traffic.
Furthermore, the ice cover in the Baltic Sea during the latest ice season measured the smallest surface area since 1720.
IICWG News release