With climate change and global warming continuing to prove not to be a 'trick', a new study has now revealed that the oldest and thickest Arctic sea ice is melting twice as fast as the entire Arctic.
The new study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, has found that Arctic Ocean ice north of Greenland is melting faster than expected.
According to a report in SciTechDaily, in fact, it is now being predicted that the Arctic summer will become ice-free by 2030.
Further research states that a warm environment has been created in the Arctic, which leads to younger ice sheets.
"There are some differences in the nature of the change in ice cover between the eastern and western regions of the Last Ice Region, which includes a time different from the annual minimum in ice thickness as well as different ice movement patterns associated with extreme ice thickness," further studies were added.
According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, most of the ice covering the Arctic is as young as one to four years old.
Kent Moore, an atmospheric physicist at the University of Toronto, said: "We cannot treat the Last Ice Area as a monolithic ice area that will last a long time." SciTechDaily as mentioned.
"Finally the Last Ice Area will be the area that will refill the North Pole with wildlife. If we lose all the ice, we lose the species. This area will become a shelter where species can survive and hopefully expand their territory once the ice begins to return, "Moore added.
Accompanying the same sentiment, David Barber, a climate expert at the North Pole from the University of Manitoba in Canada, has stated that these results enlighten them with the fact that the North Pole is a dynamic region, the report added.
Barbe, who was not part of the study, further added, "Historically, we consider this place as an area that has just received ice."
Get the best from News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com at Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in touch with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.