Former Vice President, Al Gore, claimed 7 years ago (2007) that the Arctic ice cap would be gone by the latter part of 2014. Gore, during a speech, said the "North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff" and it "could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years." Gore won a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts on raising awareness on climate change.

New satellite images taken by University of Illinois's Cryosphere project show that the ice cap has not only grown by 43% in two years, but the ice is much thicker and more concentrated. Experts believe the strength and depth of the ice will make the cap less susceptible to melting in the future.

Several climatologists have weighed in and claim this new evidence does not mean climate change is not happening. Rather, the sudden resurgence in the Arctic ice cap is due to extremely cold winters the past couple of years and climate change is indeed a problem the world must wrestle with.

What do you think? Should America take the lead in helping create a healthier planet?

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