Why are the skeptics suddenly resorting to criminal activity -- illegally hacking into emails -- and lies -- claiming those emails say a lot of things they don't say? Maybe because more and more of the facts are going against them. If they can't win with science, then their rich political friends, from Inhofe and the oil companies to the Saudis and skeptics who get rich off oil company grants and popular books, will simply resort to distraction. But, the facts about global warming remain alarming: 'Permanent' Arctic ice vanishing - thestar.com WINNIPEGâ€“One of Canada's top northern researchers says the permanent Arctic sea ice that is home to the world's polar bears and usually survives the summer has all but disappeared. ... The ice is unable to withstand battering waves and storms because global warming is rapidly melting it at a rate of 70,000 square kilometres each year, he said. Multi-year sea ice used to cover 90 per cent of the Arctic basin, Barber said. It now covers 19 per cent. Where it used to be up to 10 metres thick, it's now 2 metres at most.