Arctic ecosystems and cultures threatened as region continues to warm

"Rising temperatures and shrinking snow and ice cover in the Arctic are endangering habitats, fisheries and local cultures, according to a report issued Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


"A lot of people think of the Arctic as being a faraway place, but the loss of ice is affecting people now — it's changing peoples' lives," said Don Perovich, a Dartmouth College geophysicist who contributed to the report. "It isn't just a bunch of cold statistics."


The Bering Sea, which lies between Alaska and Russia, is one of the world's two most productive fisheries. But the Arctic region is warming more than twice as fast as the rest of the planet, the report found."


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