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Arctic ice field could melt by 2080

Breaking Earth News: The Arctic

Dec 05, 2006
The Arctic Ocean's ice field could melt entirely by 2080 due to global warming, a group of European scientists meeting in the northern Germany city of Bremen say.
"If the situation evolves as physics predicts, the Arctic Ocean's summertime ice fields will completely disappear by 2080," Dr Eberhard Fahrbach of the Alfred Wegner Institute (AWI) said, a member of the European Arctic research body DAMOCLES.
At present, the polar ice cap's size varies according to the season, with parts melting and refreezing throughout the year.
Dr Fahrbach predicts there would be no permanently frozen areas in a matter of decades.
"That has consequences going much further than the Arctic," he said.
Climatic change threatens the polar bears of the region, for example, but also the entire food chain.
"It also has an effect on the fish which ultimately end up on our tables," Dr Fahrbach said.
The DAMOCLES program (Developing Arctic Modelling and Observing Capabilities for Long-term Environmental Studies) is a European project aimed at monitoring and forecasting climate changes in the Arctic

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