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Report Warns Arctic Icecap Could Be Gone by End of Century


A new international report warns that the Arctic icecap will be almost completely melted by the end of the century unless greenhouse gas emissions are sharply cut.

The Worldwide Fund for Nature Tuesday published excerpts of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment report, which will be officially released next week.

It says global warming is heating up the Arctic at least twice as fast as the rest of the planet, threatening to send the polar bear to extinction and wipe out fisheries.

It also says that melted polar ice could put millions of people in Bangladesh, India, the Philippines, and the U.S. states of Florida and Louisiana in danger.

Roughly 250 scientists from eight countries bordering the Arctic wrote the report. The report criticizes these governments for being deadlocked on how to fight global warming.

Some information provided by Reuters and AFP.