NOAA's 2016 Arctic Report Card: Visual highlights 15 December 2016

NOAA's 2016 Arctic Report Card: Visual highlights

A new NOAA-sponsored report shows that unprecedented warming air temperature in 2016 triggered massive declines in sea ice and snow cover across the  Arctic, and brought a record-breaking delay to fall sea ice freeze up. Learn more through our image highlights of the 2016 Arctic Report Card.

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