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We all know the Earth is warming because humans are emitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. We've also heard that the Arctic is doing horribly, hitting record sea ice lows for several of the past few months, thanks to recent hot weather that's connected to a longer-term warming trend. The polar bear populations are projected to decline 30 per cent by 2050. There might not be any late-summer sea ice by the 2030s.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just released its annual "Arctic Report Card", a comprehensive overview of what's happening at our planet's North Pole. If it were an actual report card, the Arctic would be on the verge of failing.

The Arctic was already having a rough autumn, but things took a sharp turn into crazy town this week, with temperatures across much of the Arctic ocean measuring some 20C above normal.