Smithsonian's Most Notable Discoveries: Laurence C. Smith's Arctic Ice Study
Today, the area around the North Pole is covered by up to 65 feet of ice. By the year 2040, however, Smith predicts that summer months will bring warm enough temperatures to allow certain ships to navigate this passage. The new route will decrease shipping times from North America, Europe, and Asia. In his research and his sweeping talks, Smith explores the struggles—and opportunities—that will accompany the changes our world is set to face over the next 50 years. He shares insight from his book, The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilizations Northern Future, in his presentations. Smith provides us with compelling evidence to show that the world is poised to experience drastic changes, and that we need to be prepared for the future.