By Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
Published: 11:32 BST, 11 August 2020 | Updated: 11:32 BST, 11 August 2020
Arctic sea ice could be non-existent by 2035, a damning study warns.
Academics utilised a climate modelling tool created by the Met Office to find out how the Arctic responded during a period of warming 127,000 years ago.
These historical results were then use to create predictions of the future and reveal it is likely there will be no sea ice in the Arctic in 15 years' time.
The culprit is strong springtime sunshine which creates pools of water known as 'melt ponds' that soak up heat from the sun and then contribute to warming.
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Arctic sea ice is rapidly in decline due to global warming and a study predicts it will be completely gone by 2035 (stock)
Arctic sea ice plays an essential role in the world's ecosystems and its melting will not only contribute to surging sea levels but render many species homeless.
Polar bears, for example, are utterly reliant on Arctic sea ice to live as they use the ice to stalk and hunt prey.
A recent study found most polar bear populations are at risk of dying out by 2100 because of a loss of sea ice.
This timeline is likely to be accelerated should the new prediction of 2035 prove accurate.
Researchers from the University of Cambridge and the British Antarctic Survey worked with the Met Office on the latest study.
The culprit fr the demise of sea ice is believed to be strong springtime sunshine which creates pools of water known as 'melt ponds' that soak up heat from the sun and then contribute to warming
They found that during the warm interglacial period around 127,000 years ago, intense springtime sunshine created pools of water as ice melted.
These meltwater pools cause more ice to melt as they do not reflect as much sunlight as intact ice.
Instead, more of the sun's rays and