The Arctic has lost more than a third of its ice during the past 30 years. A record meltdown in summer 2007 shrank its sea ice down to 4.2 million square kilometers, from 7.8 million in 1980. If melting continues at this increasing rate, some scientists project that the Arctic summer could be ice-free by 2013.
Raghida Haddad was awarded by the World Federation of Science Journalists to join an international scientific expedition onboard the Canadian research icebreaker Amundsen. In July-August 2008, she navigated for two weeks in the Arctic Ocean to get first hand experience of global warming where it is unfolding the fastest, find out what research the 50 scientists were doing onboard, and relay this experience to readers. She was the first Arab journalist to go this far north and field report about meltdown and global warming.