With global warming high on the international political agenda, mapping software has for the first time been used to reveal the state of health of the global population of snowmen. The new atlas shows how global warming has had an impact on numbers and population health.
According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, average temperatures have climbed 0.8 degree Celsius around the world since 1880, much of this in recent decades. The 10 warmest years in the 134-year record all have occurred since 2000, with the exception of 1998. 2014 ranks as the warmest on record and the Arctic is feeling the effects the most. Average temperatures in Alaska, western Canada, and eastern Russia have risen at twice the global average, according to the multinational Arctic Climate Impact Assessment report compiled between 2000 and 2004.
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