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