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Latest Report Card on the Arctic

December 19, 2012; 12:50 PM ET

Earlier this month the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released their 2012 report card on the Arctic and to no surprise the news is sobering.

--Record low snow and sea ice extent in June and September.

--Record high permafrost temperatures across northernmost Alaska.

--Record longest duration of melting on the Greenland Ice Sheet.

--Massive phytoplankton blooms below summer sea ice.

--Several severe weather events.

Arctic sea ice volume (estimated) continues to dwindle as well. Images courtesy of the Polar Science Center, University of Washington....

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