A new assessment of climate change in the Arctic shows the region’s ice and snow are melting faster than previously thought and sharply raises projections of global sea level rise this century.
The report by the international Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, or AMAP, is one of the most comprehensive updates on climate change in the Arctic, and builds on a similar assessment in 2005.
The Arctic is experiencing unprecedented warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions, is the conclusion reached by the participants of the international scientific conference on climate in the north of the planet.
According to experts, snow and ice in the Arctic is melting much faster than expected which is leading to an increase in the level of the world’s oceans.
“The observed changes in sea ice on the Arctic Ocean, in the mass of the Greenland ice sheet and Arctic ice caps and glaciers over the past 10 years are dramatic and represent an obvious departure from the long-term patterns,” AMAP said in the executive summary.
By 2100, the melting ice may cause the seas to rise by at least five feet. The representatives of 20 countries who attended the conference concluded that global warming was caused by the activities of humans.
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