December 18, 2014 12:09 PM

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Air and sea temperatures in the Arctic continue to rise at more than twice the rate of global air temperatures, shrinking snow cover on land and summer ice on the ocean, according to a new report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The report, titled “The Arctic Report Card 2014,” said that snow cover across the Arctic during spring of 2014 was below the long-term mean of a period between 1981 and 2010, with a new record low set in April for the Arctic's Eurasian region. Meanwhile, sea surface temperatures are also rising, par...

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