Temperatures at the North Pole during the Arctic winter will exceed 0°C for the second year in a row. These are the forecasts of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Seasonal trends in the Arctic are already very worrying, with ice extent at very low levels, despite this being the period in which the polar cap should reform. And polar cap reduction will have effects on 2017 climate and the progress of global warming.
On some parts of the Arctic a warm air mass is converging, with temperatures of 20 °C higher than the average, which will lead to further ice melting in parts of the cap.
The Arctic has been heating for months. In November and December new records were registered, with 2.5 °C higher than the average for this time of year. This trend can be explained only through global warming of anthropogenic origin, as a team of climatologists led by Andrew King of Melbourne University claimed.
To sum up, the North Pole is melting at this rate only because of human beings. And according to King’s team, there will be record temperatures in the Arctic every second year by 2040.
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