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‘Thom Hartmann speaks with Professor Peter Wadhams, ScD about the possibility of an ice free Arctic in the near future, and what that means for all of us. Published on Jun 9, 2016’.

Some time ago, Professor Wadhams told the Independent the following: “My prediction remains that the Arctic ice may well disappear, that is, have an area of less than one million square kilometres for September of this year. Even if the ice doesn’t completely disappear, it is very likely that this will be a record low year. I’m convinced it will be less than 3.4 million square kilometres [the current record low]. I think there’s a reasonable chance it could get down to a million this year and if it doesn’t do it this year, it will do it next year. Ice free means the central part of the Arctic and the North Pole is ice free”.[1] But then there is somebody like Professor Jennifer Francis, of Rutgers University, who calls Wadhams’ prediction “highly unlikely” to occur anytime soon. And then adding that “[w]e are definitely looking at a very unusual situation up in the Arctic. The ice is very low and there have been record-breaking low amounts of ice in January, February, March, April and now May, so this is very worrisome. I think we are going to see perhaps a new record [in September 2016], that’s very possible”.[2]

Farewell to Ice (2016)

[1] Ian Johnston, “Arctic could become ice-free for first time in more than 100,000 years, claims leading scientist” The Independent (04 June 2016). http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/arctic-could-become-ice-free-for-first-time-in-more-than-100000-years-claims-leading-scientist-a7065781.html.

[2] Ian Johnston, “Arctic could become ice-free for first time in more than 100,000 years”.

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