Link: CanWest News Service Two scientific reports released this week are predicting another year of severe ice loss for the Arctic, though atmospheric patterns and cool temperatures in some regions are expected to prevent the world from witnessing the kind of record-smashing retreat seen in 2007. The new data are contained in sea ice studies issued Tuesday by the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center and today by the Alaska-based Arctic Research Consortium. In Canada, variations in local conditions have left greater-than-usual ice cover in Hudson Bay -- a boon for the region's vulnerable polar bear population.