December 17, 2013
Polar sea ice increased 50% over last year, growing from 6,000 to 9,000 cubic kilometers when compared to the same period in 2012. Moreover, this year’s multi-year ice is 30 cm thicker than last year, and scientists claim that thick, multi-year ice indicates healthy Arctic sea-ice cover.
The results were revealed by the European Space Agency (ESA) CryoSat satellite mission. The CryoSat-2 was launched in April 2010 and is designed to measure sea-ice thickness across the entire Arctic Ocean. The satellite’s findings indicate that the volume of Arctic sea ice has increased substantially.
These findings prove to be at odds with Al Gore’s predictions back in 2009 when he spoke at the United Nations Climate Change Conference. Gore stated that computer models reflect “that there is a 75% chance that the entire north polarized cap during some of the summer months could be completely ice free during the next 5-7 years.”