NOAA : Arctic Saw 2nd Warmest Year On Record in 2017 – gCaptain
l’Arctique en 3 mots terrifiants : #new_normal_climate in the north…
The warming trend in the Arctic continued in 2017, resulting in the second warmest air temperatures, above average ocean temperatures, loss of sea ice, and a range of human, ocean and ecosystem effects, according to a new NOAA-sponsored report released Tuesday.
Now in its 12th year, the Arctic Report Card is a peer-reviewed report that brings together the work of 85 scientists from 12 nations.
While 2017 saw fewer records shattered than in 2016, the Arctic shows no sign of returning to the reliably frozen region it was decades ago, according to this year’s report card. Arctic temperatures continue to increase at double the rate of the global temperature increase, the report said.
Through the use of historical data, the Arctic Report Card shows that the current observed rate of sea ice decline and warming temperatures are higher than at any other time in the last 1,500 years, and likely longer than that.