Relevant news from the Arctic: The Arctic Report Card 2017

The Arctic shows no sign of returning to reliably frozen region of recent past decades

NOAA’s Arctic program launched The Arctic Report Card 2017. Despite relatively cool summer temperatures, observations in 2017 continue to indicate that the Arctic environmental system has reached a ‘new normal’, characterized by long-term losses in the extent and thickness of the sea ice cover, the extent and duration of the winter snow cover and the mass of ice in the Greenland Ice Sheet and Arctic glaciers, and warming sea surface and permafrost temperatures.

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