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Report: Arctic ice is melting more quickly than previously thought

Melting Arctic glaciers and ice caps now expected to contribute to raising global sea levels to 63 inches by 2100.

Aerial view of the northern Arctic.
Aerial view of the northern Arctic.
Image: Adrian Wyld/AP/PA Images

A NEW ASSESSMENT of climate change in the Arctic shows the ice in the region is melting faster than previously thought and sharply raises projections of global sea level rise this century.

The report by the international Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, or AMAP, compiles the latest science on how climate change has impacted the Arctic in the past six years.

A summary of the key findings obtained by the AP today shows Arctic temperatures during that period were the highest since measurements began in 1880.

It said melting Arctic glaciers and ice caps are projected to help raise global sea levels by 35 to 63 inches (90-160 centimeters) by 2100. That’s up from a 2007 projection of 7 to 23 inches (19-59 centimeters) by the UN’s scientific panel on climate change.

- AP

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