Good timing: Between a storm that took one million km² within one week from extent and the next record low the UCL finally releases long awaited concrete numbers from the CryoSat 2 Mission. The take away message is the trend strongly indicates an ice free Arctic around 2020. That fits nicely to the PIOMAS trend in this chart. The broader picture is within one generation (30y) we will have removed more than 6 million km² from Earth's reflecting September ice shield.
Here's an interesting BBC Radio interview with Seymour Laxon of the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling: http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9744000/9744378.stm
And here an excerpt from the Guardian:-> continue reading