Arctic sea ice – 2028

The Arctic is warming at a faster rate than the rest of the world, according to research that suggests the continent may never recover from global warming.

Julienne Stroeve of the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre, who jointly led the study, told The Independent: “The warming climate is leading to more open water in the Arctic Ocean. As these open water areas develop through spring and summer, they absorb most of the sun’s energy, leading to ocean warming.”

The Arctic had been predicted to see ice-free summers by 2070, but many scientists are now predicting it could happen within the next 20 years, according to the newspaper.
The Telegraph (UK), 16 Dec 2008