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Arctic ice: Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling

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Preliminary results from a European Space Agency satellite measuring the thickness of Arctic ice suggests it is melting faster than previously thought.

Seymour Laxon of the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling said the thickness of the ice could now be measured to an accuracy of 10cm (3.5in).

He said there has been a "very strong decline" in the thickness of the ice, and if the current trend continues, the Arctic could be ice-free on a summer's day by the end of the decade.

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