Watch: Arctic warming reshapes region

Permafrost continues to thaw throughout the Arctic. Credit: NOAA via YouTube

Near-record warming in the Arctic continues to bring in massive changes to the region, according to an annual assessment by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The report “describes an Arctic region that continues along a path that is warmer, less frozen and biologically changed in ways that were scarcely imaginable even a generation ago,” Rick Thoman, a climate specialist at the University of Alaska and one of the editors of the report, told the New York Times.

“Nearly everything in the Arctic, from ice and snow to human activity, is changing so quickly that there is no reason to think that in 30 years much of anything will be as it is today,” he said.

The Arctic Report Card details an almost record-low extent of sea ice, shrinking glaciers and thawing permafrost.

Read more from the New York Times, and watch NOAA’s video on the report below.