Unfortunately, they were right as humans have done little to stem the tide, the images from NASA’s Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) revealed.
Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), first visited the ice caps in 1982, and at the time they showed no signs of disappearing, which highlights just how fast global warming is changing the face of our planet.
He said: “When I first visited those ice caps, they seemed like such a permanent fixture of the landscape. To watch them die in less than 40 years just blows me away.
“We’ve long known that as climate change takes hold, the effects would be especially pronounced in the Arctic.