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Arctic sea ice might all but disappear by 2037

When you think of the Arctic, you probably think ice, and lots of it. That may well not be the case for much longer, as the Arctic could run out of sea ice within the next couple decades.

According to research published in a 2009 edition of Geographical Research Letters, based on recent trends where both 2007 and 2008 saw a large loss of Arctic sea ice (water from the Arctic ocean that freezes), as well as data from six different Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) models, we’re on pace to lose virtually all Arctic sea ice by 2037. According to their calculations, there were 4.6 million square kilometers of sea ice in 2009 — by 2037, there will be under a million, which might as well be nothing at all. Plus, the ice will likely be much thinner than what we have today, making the loss of the remaining million kilometers an even more dire possibility.

The study makes no mention of when we might expect the Arctic to lose ice completely, and hopefully that never happens because then we’re all in major trouble.