The temperature of the Arctic is 50 degrees warmer than usual—so warm that it is off the chart for this map.
A warming Arctic in some ways is a good thing. It frees up the Arctic Ocean for navigation and (which may or may not be a good thing) opens up the oil and mineral resources of the Arctic for exploitation.
But it disrupts the weather patterns throughout the whole Northern Hemisphere. A melting Arctic ice cap changes ocean currents and a melting Greenland glacier raises the levels of the sea.
Meanwhile 2016 is on track to replace 2015 as the hottest year on record worldwide.
Stopping greenhouse gasses immediately would not reverse global warming within the lifetime of anyone now alive. They will affect the world’s atmosphere for a long time to come.
The choice for the world’s policymakers is whether and how much to stop making things worse. The choice for us, the citizens of free countries, is how much we care about those who will come after us.
North Pole Forecast to Be 50 Degrees Warmer Than Usual This Week by Nick Visser for the Huffington Post.
North Pole 50 Degrees Warmer Than Usual in December by Gaius Publius for Down With Tyranny!
2016 remains on track to be the hottest year on record by the World Meteorological Organization.