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The Arctic is heating up to 7 times faster than the global average

The Arctic is heating up to 7 times faster than the global average according to new research published in Scientific Reports. The heating is occurring in the North Barents Sea, a region where fast-rising temperatures are suspected to trigger increases in extreme weather in North America, Europe, and Asia. The researchers said the heating in this region was an “early warning” of what could happen across the rest of the Arctic. The new figures show annual average temperatures in the area are rising across the year by up to 2.7C a decade, with particularly high rises in the months of autumn of up to 4C a decade. This makes the North Barents Sea and its islands the fastest-warming place known on Earth. It was already known that the climate crisis was driving heating across the Arctic three times faster than the global average, but the new research shows the situation is even more extreme in places. “We expected to see strong warming, but not on the scale we found,” said Ketil Isaksen, senior researcher at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute. “We were all surprised. From what we know from all other observation points on the globe, these are the highest warming rates we have observed so far.” And feedback loops are on their way. Sea ice (which is good at reflecting sunlight) is now melting away. This allows the darker ocean below to absorb more energy, and warm itself (or prevent cooling itself down). The more ice is lost, the more heat accumulates, forming a feedback loop. “The broader message is that the feedback of melting sea ice is even higher than previously shown,” Ketil Isaksen said. “This is an early warning for what’s happening in the rest of the Arctic if this melting continues, and what is most likely to happen in the next decades.” We need immediate and deep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions. Now. We Don't Have Time. I am sending this climate warning to the world's leaders, and especially the member states of the Arctic Council: we need to act now. Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/15/new-data-reveals-extraordinary-global-heating-in-the-arctic?CMP=share_btn_tw

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  • Michael Tennyson

    22 w

    The apparent link is inevitable, and concerning. The unfortunate conclusion, is it isn't going to have a quick turnaround immediately, even in best circumstances. The events that transpire should be noted as lessons to what happens, when nature and the environment is neglected. A resounding consequence effecting all.

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    • We Don't Have Time

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      We have now received a reply from the Arctic Council Secretariat with the following information: Thank you for bringing this to our attention. First, to provide some background clarifying information about the Arctic Council and how it operates. The Arctic Council was established to promote cooperation, coordination and interaction among Arctic States, Arctic Indigenous Peoples and other Arctic inhabitants on issues of sustainable development and environmental protection. The Arctic Council is a forum for cooperation, and not a governing body. While comprehensive guidelines, assessments and recommendations are produced under its auspices, the Arctic Council cannot implement or enforce these. That responsibility belongs to individual Arctic States or international bodies. Monitoring and assessing Arctic climate change warming has been a part of the mandate of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), a Working Group of the Arctic Council. Recent trends of Arctic warming, as well as its impacts and feedbacks have been addressed in AMAPs recent scientific report on climate change (https://www.amap.no/documents/doc/amap-arctic-climate-change-update-2021-key-trends-and-impacts/3594), and in the relevant summaries for policy makers (https://www.amap.no/documents/doc/arctic-climate-change-update-2021-key-trends-and-impacts.-summary-for-policy-makers/3508 and https://www.amap.no/documents/doc/impacts-of-short-lived-climate-forcers-on-arctic-climate-air-quality-and-human-health.-summary-for-policy-makers/3512). Dr. Ketil Isaksen, the lead author of the paper referred to in the original post is a key climate expert to AMAP, and a co-author of chapter two in the scientific report. Per the 2021 Reykjavik Declaration, the Arctic States of the Arctic Council are committed to addressing climate change among other urgent issues in the Arctic. This includes the recognition of the role global emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants have played in climate change in the Arctic, and Arctic States have reiterated the need for enhanced action. More information can be found here: https://oaarchive.arctic-council.org/handle/11374/2600

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      • Edwin wangombe

        86 w

        Sad news indeed.. this will highly affect how the world operates.. we should work hard towards reducing the global temperature

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      • Salman Raza

        86 w

        Agree Professor Salman Raza Director General BS20/Administrator Directorate of Inspection,Registration Private Institutions Education &Literacy Department Government of Sindh Province Pakistan Professor of Zoology World Renowned Zoologist 🇵🇰🎖🎖

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        • We Don't Have Time

          86 w

          Dear Marine Stephan Thank you for getting your climate warning to level 2! We have reached out to Arctic Council and asked for a response. I will keep you updated on any progress! /Adam We Don't Have Time

          • Olinga Gilbert

            86 w

            There is no plan B

            • Felicia Widing

              87 w

              this is really scary...

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              • Johannes Luiga

                88 w

                Really warrysome…

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                • Marine Stephan

                  88 w

                  @Johannes_Luiga and we are soon reaching the tipping points (if we haven't already)

                • Patrick Kiash

                  88 w

                  Sad and scary

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                • Scott Lawrence

                  88 w

                  Yikes!

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                  • Ceren

                    88 w

                    Do you think there is a link between the arctic heating and the fires that has been happening since last year?

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                    • Marine Stephan

                      88 w

                      The obvious link is of course climate change and the feedback loop: the Arctic heating means that the ice is melting, which therefore reflects less light, which accentuates the warming of this region and of the rest of the world, which also increases the likelihood of forest fires

                    • Sarah Chabane

                      88 w

                      This is so scary :(

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