The year 2100 may seem distant and vague, but scientists say that without action to contain the climate crisis, it would be easier than ever to envision the bleak future.
This begs the question: does this continue, will sea ice and the creatures which need it to survive survive hold sway in the future?
A study from 2018 suggests that, by emitting an extra 800 gigatons of CO2 into the atmosphere, it’s likely that summer sea ice will disappear someday in August and September from the Arctic.
Bruno Tremblay started by thinking of the idea of the so-called “Last Ice Area,” which will be probably hit by summer ice one final time.
Why is Arctic summer ice being melted?
Last ice-blanketed swathes of summer Arctic Ocean threatened by climate change
In 2019 the Canadian Government will establish the Tuvaijuittuq Marine Reserve, which protects one-third of LIA against oil and gas exploitation, while still allowing local tribal groups to pursue needed resources in the area.
With the summer waters opening up, the pressures to dig, drill, and open shipping corridors will increase. This could well lead to pollution, not ice, being exported towards the last ice cap.