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....
Climate change indicators continue to show the impacts from a warming world.
Despite the rapid warming trend and resulting loss of permafrost, methane levels along Alaska's Arctic slope have been fairly stable over the past 29 years.
This year could challenge 2012 for the lowest sea ice extent minimum in the satellite record for the Arctic region.
Large portions of northern North America have experienced a greening trend over the past three decades.
New research explains why the Southern ocean surrounding Antarctica has not warmed like the rest of the world's oceans.
The warming influence of carbon dioxide has increased by 50 percent above pre-industrial levels during the past 25 years, according to NOAA.