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article imageNo snow for Santa in 5 years

By Aditi Chengappa     Aug 10, 2008 in Environment
As a result of the speeding meltdown of the Arctic, the North Pole could be ice-free by 2013 instead of the 60 years time as earlier predicted, scientists warn.
According to a PTI report,
computer studies of satellite images reveal that ice at North Pole melted at an unprecedented rate last week.
The disappearance is said to have exceeded the record loss of more than a million square kilometres in 2007 because of the greatest threat -Global Warming.
"It does not really matter whether 2007 or 2008 is the worst year on record for Arctic sea ice.
"The crucial point is that ice is clearly not building up enough over winter to restore cover and that when you combine current estimates of ice thickness with the extent of the ice cap, you get a very clear indication that the Arctic is going to be ice-free in summer in five years.
"And when that happens, there will be consequences," British newspaper 'The Observer' quoted Prof Wieslaw Maslowski of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey as saying.
His team used the United States' Navy supercomputers to produce he shocking forecast which indicated that in five years, or 2013, there will be no ice in the arctic, other than a few outcrops on islands near Greenland and Canada between mid-July and mid-September.
This study brings to light another grave consequence of Global Warming, a matter that is getting out of hand if we don't step up.
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