Study: Arctic could be free of sea ice by 2035, latest climate model predicts

Independent discusses the Climate crisis: Arctic could be free of sea ice by 2035, latest climate model predicts. Last time Arctic was free of sea ice, hippos roamed across what is now Yorkshire.

Around 127,000 years ago, during the last interglacial period, temperatures in the Arctic rose to around 2 – 6C above what they are today, eventually melting all the sea ice at the planet’s North Pole.

At the time, hardwood trees like oak and hazel grew well into what we now call the Arctic Circle, and hippopotamus roamed as far north as Leeds.

The high temperatures in the Arctic during this period have baffled scientists for decades – in particular the processes through which the warming led to the loss of the sea ice.

But a new study by an international team using the UK Met Office’s Hadley Centre climate model has allowed scientists to compare Arctic sea ice conditions during the last interglacial period with the present day.

The team said the evidence they have uncovered indicates the Arctic could see the complete loss of sea ice within 15 years.

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