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TechSeriously, Ice in the North Pole is Predicted to Disappear

Seriously, Ice in the North Pole is Predicted to Disappear


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Arctic or The North Poleis predicted to experience a summer without ice covering it in the next few years. That’s put forward in recent research by scientists at the University of Colorado Builders.

Published in the journal Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, an ice-free Arctic may occur 10 years earlier than initial predictions. By the middle of this century, the Arctic will likely experience a full month without ice in September, when the amount of ice in the region will be at a minimum.

Then at the end of the century, frost-free seasons may last a few months a year. But being ice-free here, according to scientists, doesn’t mean the North Pole is completely devoid of ice.

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The North Pole is said to be ice-free when the quantity of sea ice is less than 1 million square kilometers. In recent years, the Arctic seas had about 3.3 million square kilometers of ice in September.

This team of scientists estimates that the Arctic sea will be free of ice for the first time in late August or early September between the 2020s and 2030s. Predictably, greenhouse gas emissions are the main cause of ice disappearance.

This phenomenon could have a significant impact on ice-dependent Arctic animals, including seals and polar bears. In addition, as the water warms, there is a possibility of foreign species entering the Arctic seas and impacting the local ecosystem.

“But even though this ice-free condition cannot be avoided, we still have to keep emissions as low as possible to avoid this condition being prolonged,” said Alexandra Jahn, one of the researchers.

The good news is that the ice at the North Pole could become thick again if the atmosphere cools. “If we can remove CO2 from the atmosphere in the future to reverse warming, the ice will return within a decade,” Jahn said.

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