Kerry in ’09: Ice-Free Arctic by Summer 2013

by Alec Torres

Despite all the doomsday predictions, global warming just isn’t living up to the hype. The newest item in the list of predictions that simply didn’t pan out: John Kerry’s 2009 claim that we would have an ice-free Arctic come 2013.

“Scientists project that the Arctic will be ice-free in the summer of 2013,” Kerry wrote in a Huffington Post article. “Not in 2050, but four years from now.”

“Climate change injects a major new source of chaos, tension, and human insecurity into an already volatile world,” Kerry said. “It threatens to bring more famine and drought, worse pandemics, more natural disasters, more resource scarcity, and human displacement on a staggering scale. . . . The threat is real, and time is not on our side.”

Well, we have patiently waited the past four years and (drumroll, please) there’s still ice! The Arctic’s ice cover may even be recovering slowly: The region had 29 percent more ice in the summer of 2013 than it did in 2012.

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