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Arctic has warmed three times faster than Earth since 1971: Report

20/05/2021 09:16 PM | Click to read full article

The Arctic warmed three times faster than the planet as a whole between 1971 and 2019, a higher rate than previously thought, a scientific report warned.

Each fraction of a degree makes a big difference: the chances of the ice disappearing entirely in summer -- before freezing again in winter -- are 10 times greater if Earth's temperature rises by 2 degrees Celsius than if it rises by 1.5C, goals laid out by the Paris Accord.