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Natural variability boosts Arctic warming

The Arctic has warmed almost four times faster than the global average over the past four decades. This fourfold rate of warming is an extraordinary manifestation of natural climate variability and anthropogenic climate change.

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Fig. 1: The Arctic has been warming faster than the rest of the globe.

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Rantanen, M. Natural variability boosts Arctic warming. Nat. Geosci. 17, 485–486 (2024).

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