Scary warming at poles showing up at weird times, places

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are seeing surprising melting in Earth’s polar regions at times they don’t expect, like winter, and in places they don’t expect, like eastern Antarctica.

New studies and reports issued this week at a major Earth sciences conference paint one of the bleakest pictures yet of dramatic warming in the Arctic and Antarctica.

Alaskan scientists described to The Associated Press Tuesday never-before-seen melting and odd winter problems, including permafrost in 25 spots that never refroze this past winter and wildlife die-offs.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Tuesday released its annual Arctic report card. It details more than a dozen different problems. The Bering Sea lost an Idaho-sized chunk of sea ice — in February.

Arctic report chief author Emily Osborne said what’s happening is unprecedented in human history.

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