The Arctic’s ‘Last Ice Area’ is melting quickly

Rapid and drastic melting last summer of the area predicted to be the Arctic’s final refuge of ice has been pinned to unusual meteorological conditions and climate change, with scientists suggesting the ‘Last Ice Area’ (LIA) is more vulnerable than previously thought.

The LIA is a region north of Greenland and Ellesmere Island in the Canadian territory of Nunavut that is predicted to harbour the last vestiges of Arctic summer ice once climate change claims the rest of the polar region’s permanent ice by around 2040. When that happens, it’s believed the area will become the final haven for wildlife that depends on sea ice for its survival.

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