Permafrost continues to melt

New Orleans, Louisiana (KINY) The 2017 Arctic Report Card was released today and it shows an increase in the temperature of water around the globe.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report showed slightly less warming after a record hot year in 2016.  It did claim that permafrost in the Arctic is thawing faster than ever and sea ice is melting at the fastest pace reported in the past 1,500 years.

The report was discussed at the American Geophysical Union meeting in New Orleans.  Scientists said permafrost have neared or exceeded the thawing point that impacts buildings, roads and pipelines that are built upon it. 

About 79 percent of Arctic sea ice is thin and about one year old.  Studies in 1985 found that 45 percent of the sea ice in the Arctic was considered thick and much older than one year.  Changes in the arctic could affect fish supply and the jet stream which has a major impact on weather patterns.

Experts said the California wild fires causing concern this month are partially caused by environmental changes.

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