Loss of Arctic Sea Ice now more than 70%

Paul Buckley via the Marine Climate Change Impact Partnership newsletter, passes on the content of a new study that shows the radical decline of Arctic sea ice is now at least 70% due to human-induced climate change emissions, and could be in fact be as much as 95%.

The ice reduction has been accelerating since the 1990s, and many scientists now believe that the Arctic may become ice-free in the summers later this century, possibly as early as the late 2020s.

This could open up new sea routes, permit opportunist drilling under the now accessible sea bed for gas and oil, magnify sea rise and have adverse effects upon wildlife.

See the Guardian article by their science correspondent Alok Jha for further details.

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