Posted: Oct 21, 2010 11:39 pm
by Macdoc
Arctic temperature rising at near record rates, sea ice melting faster: report

Randolph E. Schmid

Washington— The Associated Press

Published Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010 3:15PM EDT

The temperature is rising again in the Arctic, with the sea ice extent dropping to one of the lowest levels on record, climate scientists reported Thursday.

The new Arctic Report Card “tells a story of widespread, continued and even dramatic effects of a warming Arctic,” said Jackie Richter-Menge of the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facility.

“This isn't just a climatological effect. It impacts the people that live there,” she added.

Atmospheric scientists concerned about global warming focus on the Arctic because that is a region where the effects are expected to be felt first, and that has been the case in recent years.

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Link to the NOAA publication