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Arctic report card shows ‘profound changes,’ accelerated warming

December 2nd, 2011

The world’s frozen Arctic has reached a “new state” with less ice and a darker look that portends accelerating warming for the ice cap and the planet, according to a 2011 assessment by 121 international scientists.

This changing marine climate contains less ice and more open water. That has produced more plankton which helps feed whales — the single positive outcome noted in the report, but threatens the survival of marine mammals dependent upon the sea ice, like the polar bear and walrus.


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