Ice free Arctic predicted within two years


mouseHe must be getting ready to retire – or publish another book.

Peter Wadhams has spent his career in the Arctic, making more than 50 trips there, some in submarines under the polar ice. He is credited with being one of the first scientists to show that the thick icecap that once covered the Arctic ocean was beginning to thin and shrink. He was director of the Scott Polar Institute in Cambridge from 1987 to 1992 and professor of ocean physics at Cambridge since 2001. His book, A Farewell to Ice, tells the story of his unravelling of this alarming trend and describes what the consequences for our planet will be if Arctic ice continues to disappear at its current rate.

You have said on several occasions that summer Arctic sea ice would disappear by the middle of this decade. It hasn’t. Are you being alarmist?
No. There is a clear trend down to zero for summer cover. However, each year chance events can give a boost to ice cover or take some away. The overall trend is a very strong downward one, however. Most people expect this year will see a record low in the Arctic’s summer sea-ice cover. Next year or the year after that, I think it will be free of ice in summer and by that I mean the central Arctic will be ice-free. You will be able to cross over the north pole by ship. There will still be about a million square kilometres of ice in the Arctic in summer but it will be packed into various nooks and crannies along the Northwest Passage and along bits of the Canadian coastline. Ice-free means the central basin of the Arctic will be ice-free and I think that that is going to happen in summer 2017 or 2018.

  • Yea but one day that ice will disappear! Just like that guy who leaves his turn signal on will eventually turn.

    • ntt1

      not if they are from regina, they just keep going in a straight line, like back home.

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  • simus1

    When the “absolute proof ” to vouch for upcoming “worldwide catastrophic events” is to be found only in the most remote areas of planet earth which are only accessible to the inner circle of a self anointed priesthood, you can pretty much bet they are involved in running a scam.

    • ntt1

      All the juiciest modeling and interpolation is done in our arctic based on ONE weather station(eureka) near great slave lake , it really is garbage in garbage out.
      how can any projection be based on one set of data? On the other hand the lack of data allows for complete fabrication in the absence of fact.
      Its a pity they didn’t go with examining the entrails of goats, peta would have become involved with naked chicks in giant styrofoam trays and other good stuff, it would at least be more entertaining.

      • V10_Rob

        If the warming predictions are true, it means a lot of prime land thawing out across northern Canada.

        I say own it. Embrace climate change as a good thing.

        • ntt1

          if it happens ,a huge if, it will be good for many countries, remember though this is all about globalisation and restructuring how wealth is distributed.all carbon cash grabs lead to one direction: massive wealth confiscation and redistribution to third worlders

          • V10_Rob

            Believing that the transferred wealth will actually reach third worlders in any significant fashion is as ridiculous as believing in the climate change doomsday predictions.

          • ntt1

            well sure Mo strong and soros type hyenas will skim the lions share.

  • Blacksmith

    Didn’t some of these eco butt wipes get caught in ice recently in one hemisphere or the other?

  • GrimmCreeper

    Hence, a new summer retreat is born. However, the cocktails will be served neat.

  • ontario john

    Oh nooooo, were all going to die. We need more taxes!!!! Explain that to me again.

  • I’ll believe it when I see it.

    These guys should be laughed right out of the speaking venue. Their predictions are always wrong.

    • Millie_Woods

      His next wrong prediction should be his last one. Think of it as involuntary euthanasia for the chronically wrong

      • But there is an appetite for these errors.

        • Millie_Woods

          Quacks like him are costing the western world untold billions and in the long run it will cost us our freedom too. It’s no accident either. Nothing says how sick our politics have become more than the fake global warming holocaust.

          • AND it costs developing countries whose populations can’t advance because of these @$$holes.

  • ed

    20 years ago they predicted a mini ice age for 2010-15 !

    • andycanuck

      More like 40 years ago as I recall, but point well taken.

      • ntt1

        some guy called suzuki figured we should spread coal dust to melt ice packs

        • andycanuck

          And even worse wanting to create a manmade Pinatubo eruption effect by putting particulate matter in the air on purpose to block out the sun to stop global warming. That doesn’t sound too f#cking dangerous.

          • ntt1

            fruit fly geneticists must be stopped

  • WalterBannon

    Peter Wadhams: “My last lie did not work out, so here is some more junk science for you”

    They just keep moving the goal posts and still missing.

  • ntt1

    This is just like the “end-of-timers” who claim God has spoken and given the date for total apocalypse, later when reminded of the date with no apparent fire and brimstone,They reply that they merely misinterpreted Gods word but cataclysm is definately coming .
    further proof the climate change has become a secular religion complete with purchased indulgences (cap and trade)

  • Hard Little Machine

    Plan your vacation on the Antarctic Riviera.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Why aren’t they as concerned about asteroid impacts?