Arctic Report Card heats up climate concern

Arctic warming
From October 2015 to September 2016, the Arctic region recorded its warmest temperatures on record. Shades of red indicate how much warmer the temperature was compared to the 1981-2010 average. (NOAA / NCEP Graphic)

The latest update on Arctic climate shows that temperatures at the top of the world are increasing at twice the global rate, setting an assortment of records and near-records.

“Rarely have we seen the Arctic show a clearer, stronger or more pronounced signal of persistent warming and its cascading effects on the environment than this year,” Jeremy Mathis, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Arctic Research Program, said in a news release.

The Arctic Report Card, issued annually by NOAA, was released today in conjunction with the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting in San Francisco. The annual report brings together peer-reviewed findings produced by 61 scientists from 11 nations.

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By Alan Boyle

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