Experts at NASA and the Naval Postgraduate School tell us that Arctic Sea ice may be gone this summer or next. Farewell ice – we hardly knew ye.
In the end, it will just melt away quite suddenly
- Professor Peter Wadhams of Cambridge University
NASA climate scientist Jay Zwally said: “At this rate, the Arctic Ocean could be nearly ice-free at the end of summer by 2012, much faster than previous predictions.”
“Our projection of 2013 for the removal of ice in summer is not accounting for the last two minima, in 2005 and 2007,” the researcher from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, explained to the BBC.
“So given that fact, you can argue that may be our projection of 2013 is already too conservative.”