A chilly summer may have slowed things, but the Arctic is continuing to move into a "new warmer, greener state," federal scientists said Thursday in the annual Arctic Report Card. "The relatively cool year in some parts of the Arctic does little to offset the long-term trend of the last 30 years," said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's David Kennedy. Sea ice measured at its sixth-lowest extent since observations began more than 30 years ago.

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