Study: Arctic Warming 4X Faster Than Global Average

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    The Facts

    • On Thurs., researchers in Finland announced that the warming of the Arctic is occurring much faster than was previously projected. Over the past 40 years, the region has warmed at a rate four times faster than the global average.

    • The study, published in the journal Communications Earth and Environment, further asserts that parts of the Arctic Ocean are warming seven times as fast as the global average.

    The Spin

    Narrative A

    What happens in the Arctic doesn't stay in the Arctic. The region is experiencing climate stress faster than anyone could have imagined. We need to not only curb emissions immediately but reverse the ecological damage we've already inflicted if we want to protect our planet and its fragile ecosystem.

    Narrative B

    Don't buy the latest alarmism. Climate doomsayers and mainstream media fail to give fair coverage to data that shows the positive impacts of a healthy and changing climate. For example, increased emissions have acted as fertilizer and created a "global greening" effect on parts of the planet an area two times the size of the US. Only the shocking headlines grab the media's attention.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 23% chance that there will be a 3.6 degrees celsius increase in global warming by 2100, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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