The Arctic Has Warmed Three Times More Quickly Than The Planet As A whole:
The Arctic has warmed three times more quickly than the planet as a whole, and faster than previously thought, a report warned.
- Arctic sea ice looks set to be an early victim of rising temperatures and the chance of it disappearing entirely in summer is 10 times greater if Earth warms by 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels compared to 1.5 C, the goal set by the 2015 Paris Accord.
- The alarming finding comes from the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) in a report timed to coincide with a ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council in Reykjavik, which gathers countries bordering the region.
- In less than half a century, from 1971 to 2019, the Arctic’s average annual temperature rose by 3.1 C, compared to 1 C for the planet as a whole.
- The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) is one of six Working Groups of the Arctic Council.
- Since its establishment in 1991, AMAP has produced various reports that detail the status of the Arctic with respect to climate and pollution issues.