It seems unthinkable, but for the first time in human history, ice is on course to disappear entirely from the North Pole this year.
The disappearance of the Arctic sea ice, making it possible to reach the Pole sailing in a boat through open water, would be one of the most dramatic ““ and worrying ““ examples of the impact of global warming on the planet. Scientists say the ice at 90 degrees north may well have melted away by the summer. No Ice
This will help rapidly accelerate the melting of the permafrost, which in turn will release methane gas, 20 times more potent then carbon dioxide.
As Arctic sea ice vanishes, permafrost could warm much more quickly than previously thought, according to new research. Melting permafrost could then release its vast stores of carbon into the atmosphere, accelerating global warming. The study is the first to link the loss of sea ice to warmer temperatures hundreds of miles inland. Sea Ice Loss Threatens Permafrost
I suspect that this fall will “tell” just how terribly serious this will actually be (for the entire planet).