Scientists report on Arctic's worsening conditions

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The Arctic broke records for summertime ice and spring snow cover this year, and the Arctic continues to get warmer and greener, according to a report released Wednesday.

Over 140 scientists contributed to the report, which the American Geophysical Union released in San Francisco .

The summertime ice pack was the smallest ever seen, according to the report. The amount of snow in the Northern Hemisphere in June was the lowest ever recorded, and permafrost temperatures topped previous highs.

The reduction of snow and ice has darkened the Arctic, according to the report. The warm rays of the sun get absorbed by the dark ground and open ocean, which continues the cycle of warming.

Though the Arctic saw significant retreats in snow and ice, arctic temperatures were not unusually high this year, according to the report.

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