WORLD Arctic has warmed three times faster than Earth since 1971: report

WORLD

Arctic has warmed three times faster than Earth since 1971: report

AFP

19:12, May 20, 2021

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Arctic warmed three times faster than the planet as a whole between 1971 and 2019, a higher rate than previously thought, a report by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme warned Thursday.

Each fraction of a degree makes a big difference: the chances of the ice disappearing entirely in summer -- before freezing again in winter -- are 10 times greater if Earth's temperature rises by 2 degrees Celsius than if it rises by 1.5C, according to the report published to coincide with an Arctic Council meeting in Reykjavik.

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