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Arctic Spring Is Starting 16 Days Earlier than a Decade Ago, Study Shows

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by Jonathan Watts March 2 2018 read full Guardian UK article here

The Arctic spring is arriving 16 days earlier than it did a decade ago, according to a new study which shows climate change is shifting the season earlier more dramatically the further north you go. The research…comes amid growing concern about the warming of Greenland, Siberia, Alaska and other far northern regions, which have recently experienced unusually prolonged and frequent midwinter temperature spikes.

…“Spring is arriving earlier, and the Arctic is experiencing greater advances of spring than lower latitudes,” said lead author Eric Post, a fellow of the John Muir Institute and polar ecologist at UC Davis….

Eric Post, Byron Steinman and Michael Mann. Acceleration of phenological advance and warming with latitude over the past century. Scientific Reports volume 8, Article number: 3927 (2018) doi:10.1038/s41598-018-22258-0

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