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Scientist who said Arctic would be ice free by now eats humble pie as data show there’s MORE ice now than four years ago

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Climate change scientist who said Arctic would be free of sea ice by last month eats humble pie as data show there’s MORE there now than there was four years ago

  • Professor Peter Wadhams predicted in 2012 that the Arctic would be ice-free by September this year 
  • But figures show there was 1.6 million square miles of sea ice last month
  • He has been criticised by other scientists for making ‘dramatic’ predictions

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A prominent climate change scientist has been forced to backtrack on his prediction that the Arctic would be free of sea ice by September this year – after data showed there is more now than four years ago.

Professor Peter Wadhams, from the University of Cambridge, predicted in 2012 that the Arctic would be ice-free by September this year. 

However, figures show there was 1.6 million square miles of sea ice last month – which is actually 20 per cent more than the figure recorded in 2012.

Professor Peter Wadhams, from the University of Cambridge, has been forced to backtrack on his prediction that the Arctic would be free of sea ice by September this year

Professor Peter Wadhams, from the University of Cambridge, has been forced to backtrack on his prediction that the Arctic would be free of sea ice by September this year

Professor Wadhams told The Telegraph that he still expected the disappearance of Arctic sea ice in ‘a very small number of years’, but admitted it had not happened as quickly as he had forecast.

He said: ‘My view is that the trend of summer sea ice volume is relentlessly downward, such that the volume (and thus area) will come to a low value very soon – in a very small number of years. 

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