The Climate.gov team provided visual highlights to accompany the latest installment of NOAA's Arctic Report Card, released Dec. 10, 2014.
The 2014 Arctic Report Card confirms that Arctic air temperatures are rising at more than twice the rate of the planet as a whole. The amount of ice that survives the summer melt season is shrinking, and water temperatures are rising. Some polar bear populations are declining. The number of snow days is falling. The Greenland Ice Sheet is becoming less able to reflect incoming sunlight.
To learn more, visit the 2014 Arctic Report Card: Visual Highlights page on Climate.gov.
Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2011, the United States experienced a record high number (14) of climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 670 lives, caused more than 6,000 injuries, and cost $55 billion in damages. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.
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