The Yukon River winds through western interior Alaska in early April. Image: Todd Paris, UAF
Unprecedented changes in the Arctic with far-reaching consequences - climate change short science news

Climate change in the Arctic is unfolding at such a fast pace, that it is changing to an area completely different from the Arctic as seen in the 20th century, a new study shows.

Data collected as from 1971 until now show that ice melting at unprecedented speed, and the Arctic is getting greener and wetter. Also, plants start to flower earlier, when insects are not yet around to pollinate them.

The changes in the Arctic may have important consequences in other regions on Earth because of changed rainfall patterns and rising sea water levels.

Read the full story: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Scientific publication: Environmental Research Letters