Arctic Warming Pushes The Region — And Planet — Into Uncharted Territory
The report was prepared by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce. "Overall, the Arctic is enduring 'its most unprecedented transition in human history,' said report lead author Emily Osborne of NOAA at a press briefing on Tuesday."
"Persistent warming in the Arctic is pushing the region into “uncharted territory” and increasingly affecting the continental United States, scientists said Tuesday.
"'We’re seeing this continued increase of warmth pervading across the entire Arctic system,' said Emily Osborne, an official with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who presented the agency’s annual assessment of the state of the region, the 'Arctic Report Card.'
"The Arctic has been warmer over the last five years than at any time since records began in 1900, the report found, and the region is warming at twice the rate as the rest of the planet."