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  • - Warming, sea-ice loss: Arctic Report Card tracks region's environmental changesNOAA's annual report card on the Arctic, released today, shows that the Arctic region experienced the second-warmest air temperatures ever recorded; the second-lowest overall sea-ice coverage; lowest recorded winter ice in the Bering Sea; and earlier plankton blooms due to early melting of sea ice in the Bering Sea.
  • - Degrading permafrost puts Arctic infrastructure at risk by mid-centurySeventy percent of the current infrastructure in the Arctic has a high potential to be affected by thawing¬†permafrost in the next 30 years. Even meeting the climate change targets of the Paris Agreement will not substantially reduce those projected impacts, according to a new study.
  • - ICESat-2 reveals profile of ice sheets, sea ice, forestsWith each pass of the ICESat-2 satellite, the mission is adding to datasets tracking Earth's rapidly changing ice.
  • - 52 million tree stories more accessible to scienceThe world's primary archive of tree ring data, which holds more than 52 million cost-free records spanning 8,000 years of history, has gotten a makeover by scientists from four countries committed to making science more accessible. ¬† The International Tree Ring Data Bank, developed in 1974 and populated by hundreds of contributing scientists and agencies, had only been used for a handful of studies at a global scale due to inconsistent data accessibility and formatting.
  • - Sierra snowpack could drop significantly by end of centuryA future warmer world will almost certainly feature a decline in fresh water from the Sierra Nevada mountain snowpack. Now a new study that analyzed the headwater regions of California's 10 major reservoirs, representing nearly half of the state's surface storage, found they could see on average a 79 percent drop in peak snowpack water volume by 2100.
  • - Online game trains players how to sort waste correctlyA simple online game can teach people to more accurately sort waste -- with lasting results, a new study has found. Study participants who played the game received immediate feedback on their sorting choices. The second time they played -- when feedback was no longer provided -- players still improved their average accuracy from 69 per cent to 84 per cent. Even when a week passed between games, players still improved their accuracy.