Arctic Sea-Ice Could Be Lost BY 2035: Study

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The looming threat of climate change, by no measure, is breaking news today. But while various sections contemplate the timeline of its impact and try to predict some major tipping points which could alter our environment, a new study has put into perspective the threat of ice melting. After evidence analysis, the new research found that the ice in the Arctic sea could be inexistent by 2035.

Polar ice melting

Polar ice sheets are melting at an alarming rate. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

The research compared data from the last interglacial, a warm period experienced in the Arctic about 127,000 years ago, to more recent summer and spring. It took into account the ‘melt ponds’ formation in the sea during these seasons and studied how much light is reflected and how much is absorbed.

“High temperatures in the Arctic have puzzled scientists for decades. Unraveling this mystery was technically and scientifically challenging. For the first time, we can begin to see how the Arctic became sea ice-free during the last interglacial. The advances made in climate modeling mean that we can create a more accurate simulation of the Earth’s past climate, which, in turn, gives us greater confidence in model predictions for the future,” says joint lead author Dr. Maria Vittoria Guarino, Earth System Modeller at British Antarctic Survey.

Based on this data, the study suggests that all the ice in the Arctic could melt by the year 2035. This could mean a heavy impact on all varieties of flora and fauna in this ecosystem, which in turn could affect further ecosystems.

The findings of this study are published in the Nature Climate Change journal.

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Prachee is a content writer for Organic Facts and is responsible for writing on the latest wellness trends. A former Journalism & Media teacher, she prides herself on being able to seamlessly dabble between health, science, and technology. She has completed her Masters in Communication Studies from the University of Pune, India as well as an online course on “Introduction to Food and Health” from Stanford University, US. Prachee fancies herself to be a poet and a cook when the rare lightning of inspiration strikes.

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