Arctic sea ice – 2019

The Arctic ice cap has melted so much that open water is now just 560km from the North Pole, the shortest distance recorded, ­according to scientists. Satellite observations last week from the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre coincide with a prediction by a leading polar researcher that the summer ice cap is likely to disappear within five years, possibly even next year.

“The Arctic ice cap is in a death spiral,” said Peter Wadhams, professor of ocean physics at Cambridge University. He has just returned from a research voyage in which the thickness of Arctic sea ice was measured by sending a mini-submarine under the floes.
The Australian, Arctic ice cap in ‘death spiral’, 22 Sep 2014